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Shaken AuthorityChina's Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake$
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Christian P. Sorace

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707537

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707537.001.0001

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Blood Transfusion, Generation, and Anemia

Blood Transfusion, Generation, and Anemia

(p.59) 3 Blood Transfusion, Generation, and Anemia
Shaken Authority

Christian P. Sorace

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines China's political economy based on an interpretation of Chinese Communist Party ideology and discourse, challenging the notion that there is a mythical switch that can be flipped between politics and ideology on the one side, and economy and development on the other. Adopting a two-step approach, it considers the premises of the dominant paradigm of economic performance legitimacy and concludes with a discursive analysis of China's post-2008 Sichuan earthquake reconstruction plans. In the context of post-earthquake reconstruction, the chapter investigates how the metaphor of “blood transfusion” and “blood generation” established the coordinates for the Party's reconstruction plan to economically develop the Sichuan countryside. In place of a robust, self-reliant, and blood-generating economy engineered by the mobilization of Party spirit, the disaster zones had a lifeless and anemic economy.

Keywords:   political economy, Chinese Communist Party, ideology, development, legitimacy, Sichuan earthquake, reconstruction, blood transfusion, blood generation, anemic economy

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