Christian P. Sorace, Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

Christian P. Sorace, Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Chinese Political Science Springer Journals

Christian P. Sorace, Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2018 by Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies
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Political Science and International Relations; Political Science
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1080-6954
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10.1007/s11366-018-9549-4
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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

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Published: Mar 22, 2018

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