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Commentators on China frequently find a continuity of imperial dynastic rule with the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, thus perpetuating the stereotype of Asian despotism, not knowing the character of the Chinese civilisational tradition of sage rule. Or else they predict, starting with the...
The issue of the unity of Chinese culture in the late imperial age has been the subject of much recent debate. This paper questions the imperial discursive presumption of unity as a continuum of cosmological power, flowing through the emperor to every part of the Chinese imperium. Alternative...
The development of the Chinese Empire and Civilisation was predicated on the construction of non-Chinese cultural others in China's long-written history that marked the Chinese frontier and its expansion. Miao was one of the prominent ethnic categories of otherness. The formation and...
This paper initiates a comparative analysis of the labour process in three different social systems in order to shed light on the singularities of East Asian social forms. The point of departure for the project highlights the place of substitution central to the labour process in the West. There...
The words empire, civilization, anthropology and China are rarely seen together. In addition, all four words are actually foreign to the Chinese language. However, when they are juxtaposed, they point to exceptional Chinese experiences with the research field and suggest that these can lead to a...
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