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Understanding the Identity Shaping Role of Popular Nationalism in China

Gad, Viola LU (2009) STVK01 20092
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The purpose of this essay is to give further understanding of the relatively new phenomena Chinese popular nationalism. I will have my benchmark in traditional theory of civic and ethnic nationalism but also in popular nationalism theory and the from-culturalism-to-nationalism thesis. To further understand the identity shaping role of the populist movement in China I will separate it from official nationalism of the state and argue for the statement that Chinese nationalism can be a beginning of a democratic civil society. This will be done by conducting a qualitative text-analysis based on previous scholars work in the field of Chinese nationalism. I will use examples of the outbursts of popular nationalism in the 90’s and in the first... (More)
The purpose of this essay is to give further understanding of the relatively new phenomena Chinese popular nationalism. I will have my benchmark in traditional theory of civic and ethnic nationalism but also in popular nationalism theory and the from-culturalism-to-nationalism thesis. To further understand the identity shaping role of the populist movement in China I will separate it from official nationalism of the state and argue for the statement that Chinese nationalism can be a beginning of a democratic civil society. This will be done by conducting a qualitative text-analysis based on previous scholars work in the field of Chinese nationalism. I will use examples of the outbursts of popular nationalism in the 90’s and in the first decade of the 21:st century to illustrate the nature of the popular nationalism movement. My conclusion will present an understanding of popular nationalism as not only a strong grass-root movement that is participating in shaping a Chinese-nation-state in the 21:st century, but as also a way for the Chinese people to express political opinions in an authoritarian nation. (Less)
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Gad, Viola LU
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STVK01 20092
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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civil society, popular nationalism, Identity, Chinese nationalism, public opinion
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English
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1526147
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this essay is to give further understanding of the relatively new phenomena Chinese popular nationalism. I will have my benchmark in traditional theory of civic and ethnic nationalism but also in popular nationalism theory and the from-culturalism-to-nationalism thesis. To further understand the identity shaping role of the populist movement in China I will separate it from official nationalism of the state and argue for the statement that Chinese nationalism can be a beginning of a democratic civil society. This will be done by conducting a qualitative text-analysis based on previous scholars work in the field of Chinese nationalism. I will use examples of the outbursts of popular nationalism in the 90’s and in the first decade of the 21:st century to illustrate the nature of the popular nationalism movement. My conclusion will present an understanding of popular nationalism as not only a strong grass-root movement that is participating in shaping a Chinese-nation-state in the 21:st century, but as also a way for the Chinese people to express political opinions in an authoritarian nation.},
  author       = {Gad, Viola},
  keyword      = {civil society,popular nationalism,Identity,Chinese nationalism,public opinion},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Understanding the Identity Shaping Role of Popular Nationalism in China},
  year         = {2009},
}