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Global China as Method


  • Ivan Franceschini
  • Nicholas Loubere

Summary, in English

Is China part of the world? Based on much of the political, media, and popular discourse in the West the answer is seemingly no. Even after four decades of integration into the global socioeconomic system, discussions of China continue to be underpinned by a core assumption: that the country represents a fundamentally different 'other' that somehow exists outside the 'real' world. Either implicitly or explicitly, China is generally depicted as an external force with the potential to impact on the 'normal' functioning of things. This core assumption, of China as an orientalised, externalised, and separate 'other', ultimately produces a distorted image of both China and the world. This Element seeks to illuminate the ways in which the country and people form an integral part of the global capitalist system. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


  • Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University

Publishing year





Elements in Global China

Document type



Cambridge University Press


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • China
  • Global China
  • labour rights
  • digital surveillance
  • academic freedom
  • Xinjiang
  • Belt and Road Initiative




  • ISSN: 2632-7341
  • ISSN: 2632-7333
  • ISBN: 9781108999472
  • ISBN: 9781108995566