Colonial Legacies and Peripheral Strategies: Socio-Spatial Logic of China's Communications Development Since 1840
Global Media and Communication 2015, Vol. 11(2) 89–102
14 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016
Date Written: 2015
This article explains why and how China's communications was undeveloped from the late Qing Dynasty through the Civil War. The purpose is to bring into sharp focus the imprint of global capitalism and imperialism on the domestic social-spatial relations of communications. It argues that communications, shaped by a succession of historical conjunctions, domesticated in spatial terms China's peripheral position in the world capitalist system. This spatiality was never effectively addressed and even remained true for socialist modernity after the establishment of the PRC. In particular, underdevelopment in rural China, as the most lasting legacy of colonial modernity, has informed and deformed communications development into the market-reform era.
Keywords: China, imperialism, colonialism, global capitalism, postcolonial studies, communications, telecommunications
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