Brang, Lucas (2020). The Dilemmas of Self-Assertion: Chinese Political Constitutionalism in a Globalized World. Modern China. SAGE Publications.

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Political constitutionalism emerged on the Chinese academic scene in the mid-2000s as a countermovement to the rights-based, court-centred and textual mainstream in Chinese constitutional scholarship. On the surface, it has launched a biting and sophisticated critique of academic and institutional ‘Westernization’ and reasserted a sense of Chinese constitutional particularity. However, contrary to its intellectual self-representation as a genuinely Chinese phenomenon, this paper argues that the movement’s academic formation, methodological agenda, and theoretical vocabulary are inseparable from global ideological trends and draw heavily on European and American precedents. Consequently, the movement is troubled by a set of performative contradictions. These include the contradiction between its transnational genealogy and nationalist agenda; its pluralist theoretical make-up and anti-pluralist political rhetoric; as well as its putatively value-neutral sociological methodology and the politically selective application of said methodology. These antinomies, I argue, speak to the recurring dilemmas of ‘national’ self-assertion in a globalized world.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Brang, Lucaslbrang@smail.uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-112694
Journal or Publication Title: Modern China
Date: 2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Ostasiatisches Seminar
Subjects: Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Chinese constitutional theoryUNSPECIFIED
global constitutionalismUNSPECIFIED
theoretical sources of Chinese neo-conservatismUNSPECIFIED
Funders: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 713600.
Refereed: Yes


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