Refocusing on Repression: Institutions of Everyday Social Control in China

Loading...
Thumbnail Image

Date

2023

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Repository Usage Stats

17
views
46
downloads

Abstract

Recent literature on comparative authoritarianism emphasizes the evolution from fear-based rule rooted in violence and indoctrination to a softer, savvier brand of dictatorship that trades on democratic-looking institutions and manipulation of the information environment. The case of contemporary China---where leaders have incorporated a range of old and new repressive tactics to exert control over society---complicates this trajectory. Leveraging novel data sources and a variety of empirical methods, this dissertation assesses the everyday mechanics of repression in China. In three papers that each examine a distinct coercive institution---the communal canteens of the Great Famine era (1958-1961), and neighborhood policing and digital surveillance in contemporary China---this project returns our focus to repression, and provides new insights into how a strong, authoritarian state has synthesized a range of repressive strategies to maintain order and power in the world’s most populous autocracy.

Description

Provenance

Citation

Citation

Rothschild, Viola (2023). Refocusing on Repression: Institutions of Everyday Social Control in China. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/29147.

Collections


Dukes student scholarship is made available to the public using a Creative Commons Attribution / Non-commercial / No derivative (CC-BY-NC-ND) license.