Introduction: Soft Power, Pessoptimism, and the Rise of China
Illustrates how we need to take the soft power of culture and history seriously to understand China's national identity and foreign policy. It argues that identity and security in China are defined by a positive – negative dynamic: to understand China's glowing optimism, we need to understand its enduring pessimism. To demonstrate the pessoptimistic links between identity and security, the chapter extends analysis beyond official diplomacy to see foreign affairs as an everyday activity among elites, academics and the general public. It widens the scope of analysis to include unofficial texts – including Chinese films, television, novels, photos, blogs, and online videos – to analyze the interplay of state policy and popular culture. The most important thing to understand about China's pessoptimism is that it is fundamentally unstable, producing shifting feelings.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.