The Politics of a Socialist Harmonious Society in the Aftermath of China's Neoliberal Development
Chinese Journal of Communication Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2010, 311–328
Posted: 25 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 25, 2014
In the aftermath of China’s ICT-driven and mass-mediated neoliberal development, the need to reduce China’s economic vulnerability to transnational market volatility and to pacify class tensions by improving social justice and redistributing social resources has become urgent. The "socialist harmonious society" concept marks a more sophisticated and socially-oriented mode of governance. By examining two state projects under the auspices of constructing a socialist harmonious society, i.e., the state-endorsed surge of charity activities and the state-subsidized increase of vocational education targeting exclusively rural migrants, this paper argues that these emerging sites of governance, often responding to and defined by China’s ICT driven and mass-mediated neoliberal development, mark the neoliberal restructuring of state activities, and that what distinguishes this new mode of governance is the neoliberal notion of redistribution, which is central to the quasi-inclusive social institutions discussed in this paper.
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