Chinese Subjectivities and the Beijing Olympics

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Chinese Subjectivities and the Beijing Olympics develops the Foucauldian concept of productive power through examining the ways in which the Chinese government tried to mobilize the population to embrace its Olympic project through deploying various sets of strategies and tactics. It argues that the multifaceted strategies, tactics, and discourses deployed by the Chinese authorities sustain an order of things and values in such a way that drive individuals to commit themselves actively to the goals of the party-state.

The book examines how these processes of subjectification are achieved by zooming in on five specific groups of the population: athletes, young Olympic volunteers, taxi drivers, Chinese citizens targeted by place-making projects, and the Hong Kong population. In doing so it probes critically into the role of individuals and how they take on the governmental ideas to become responsible autonomous subjects.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)9781783489893
ISBN (Print)9781783489879
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Publication series

NameCritical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics
PublisherRowman & Littlefield

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Beijing olympics
  • subjectivities
  • China
  • Foucault
  • power relations
  • Athletes
  • taxi drivers
  • Chinese
  • place-making
  • volunteers
  • Hong Kong
  • Process of subjectification


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