Nationalism and transnationalism in the globalisation of China

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper is an effort to chart a genealogy of globalisation. A genealogy is a 'history of the present in terms of its past'. Thus, genealogy is not the story of the past in itself, but an examination of the historical possibilities of the present in the past. Basically, the problem posed by globalisation is how the flow of resources, people and ideas-whether enabled by economic expansion or capitalism, or by other push factors-can be regulated, controlled or fixed for both productive and sectional purposes. Our understanding of this problematic of flow and control has necessarily been shaped by nationalism as the principal normative regulator of fixity and identity in the world. I want to throw this normative understanding into relief by looking at what pre-existed it, as well as what is now coming into being, specifically in the context of China in the East Asian region. I consider a tripartite division-starting with the imperial Chinese order, the period of classical nationalism from about 1900 until 1980, followed by the current trend of globalisation-to examine the problem of flow and control in the region. Historically the paper considers differences and continuities in how political power-and what came to be conceived as sovereignty over the last hundred years or so-in the region has been conceived, as well as in the forces that have eluded or sought to elude political control. At stake in this broad historical sweep is not to see what is old or new in globalisation per se, but how these changes in the region have affected different sectors of society and their vision of the world.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Duara, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 19

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-4455

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/000944550303900101

Citation Source

  • Scopus