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Nationalism Unbound: China, Hong Kong and Brexit through the Prism of Castoriadis

Abstract : Castoriadis, wrote very little that directly dealt with Chinese politics. What is striking, however, is how with a time-lag of between ten and twenty years, Castoriadis's analysis of the Soviet Union may be mapped onto Mao's China. Even today looking at Xi Jinping's China the insights of Castoriadis ring true. The important difference, however, between the Russia described in 1981 by Castoriadis — it is the latter who insists on employing “Russia” rather than the USSR — and China’s situation today lies in the economic turn first adopted by China’s leadership in the late 1970s after the demise of Mao Zedong. During the 1980s, China gradually moved to a market-oriented economy which nevertheless remained strictly controlled and directed by the Party-state.
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Gregory B. Lee. Nationalism Unbound: China, Hong Kong and Brexit through the Prism of Castoriadis. Mediapart, Paris (8 passage Brulon ; 75012) : Société éditrice de Mediapart, 2008-, 2020. ⟨halshs-02457536⟩

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