China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

Paperback | April 1, 2015

byWilliam A. Callahan

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After celebrating their country's three decades of fantastic economic success, many Chinese are now asking, "What comes next?" How can China convert its growing economic power into political and cultural influence around the globe? William A. Callahan's China Dreams gives voice to China's many different futures by exploring the grand aspirations and deep anxieties of a broad group of public intellectuals. Stepping outside the narrow politics of officials vs. dissidents, Callahan examines what a third group - "citizenintellectuals" - think about China's future. China Dreams eavesdrops on fascinating conversations between officials, scholars, soldiers, bloggers, novelists, film-makers and artists to see how they describe China's different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural futures. Callahan alsoexamines how the PRC's new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings is creatively questioning "The China Model" of economic development. The personal stories of these citizen intellectuals illustrate China's zeitgeist and a complicated mix of hopes and fears about "The Chinese Century," providinga clearer sense of how the PRC's dramatic economic and cultural transitions will affect the rest of the world. China Dreams explores the transnational connections between American and Chinese people, providing a new approach to Sino-American relations. While many assume that 21st century global politics will be a battle of Confucian China vs. the democratic west, Callahan weaves Chinese and American idealstogether to describe a new "Chimerican dream."

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After celebrating their country's three decades of fantastic economic success, many Chinese are now asking, "What comes next?" How can China convert its growing economic power into political and cultural influence around the globe? William A. Callahan's China Dreams gives voice to China's many different futures by exploring the grand a...

William A. Callahan is Chair in International Politics and Research Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of China: The Pessoptimist Nation (Oxford University Press) and Contingent States (University of Minnesota Press).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190235233

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresIntroduction: Chin is the Future1. Officials, Dissidents, and Citizen Intellectuals2. Strategic Futures and the Post-American World Order3. The China Model and the Search for Wealth and Power4. Cosmopolitan, Fundamentalist and Racialist Dreams5. Shanghai's Alternative Futures and China's New Civil Society6. The American Dream and Chinese ExceptionalismScenario: A Chimerican DreamEndnotesAcknowledgementsBibliographyWho's WhoIndex

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"William A. Callahan's China Dreams... takes the discussion out of the theoretical world of historical forces and hypothetical scenarios, and gives modern Chinese a voice." --Ian Johnson, New York Review of Books