AP Comparative 2012

politics, society & economy

China: Democracy? Dissent?

February 15, 2012 by milnec · No Comments · authority, China, civil society, Protests

But overall, isn’t the real question about building a political culture of nationalism, stability and unity? 

So how will the Chinese accomplish this.  Although our discussions of Chinese democracy were revealing about the motivations of the Chinese leadership – it is clear there is factional dissent within China that the government must deal with. 

Villagers in Guangdong applauding govt actions against local leaders, December 2011 (from BBC)


1. BBC has published images of recent Chinese protests – please scan through images to assess the diversity of protests & government reactions

1A. For fun(!)  check out some of the contemporary Chinese artists such as the Invisible Man or AiWeiWei (assume this is his homepage), but also this Q & A in Time magazine Dec. 2011.  And the art scene in Beijing & Shanghai

2.  Please post commentary that assesses the political culture developing in China based upon your research of dissent/protest movement(s); our class discussions, Pye’s thesis of “traumatized” cultures; the official doctrine of the CCP – including Jiang Zemin’s 3 Represents & Deng Xiaoping theory.  As well as any other source you wish to use.

3.  Please remember to consider POV in all arguments


No Comments so far ↓

There are no comments yet...Kick things off by filling out the form below.

Leave a Comment