J OF CHIN POLIT SCI (2018) 23:307–308 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-018-9549-4 BOOK REVIEW Christian P. Sorace, Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2017, 231p. $45.00 hardcover Taiyi Sun Published online: 22 March 2018 Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies 2018 Political ideas and discourse, as Christian P. Sorace points out in his erudite examina- tion of the language used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the post- earthquake reconstruction in Sichuan, play a central role in how the CCP formulates policies, defines legitimacy, and exerts its power. In explaining how power in China actually works, Sorace takes a bold and unapologetic stand against the trend in the study of Chinese politics that dismisses Bdiscourse^ as simply being Bpropaganda,^ and provides readers with a rare view of the way the CCP manipulates people to think and speak about what it does. Using an interpretive methodology, Sorace assembles rich data from living in a residential complex built for earthquake survivors, interviewing over one hundred villagers, government officials, and NGO leaders, examining over one thousand pages of internal CCP reports and leaked memos, and uses these sources to trace the effects
Journal of Chinese Political Science – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 22, 2018
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera