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Imagining China
Rhetorics of Nationalism in an Age of Globalization
Standing as the world’s two largest economies, marshaling the most imposing armies on earth, holding enormous stockpiles of nuclear weapons, consuming a majority share of the planet’s natural resources, and serving as the media generators and health care providers for billions of consumers around the globe, the United States and China are positioned to influence notions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, environmental priorities, and public health for the foreseeable future. These broad issues are addressed   as questions about communication—about how our two nations envision each other and how our interlinked imaginaries create both opportunities and obstacles for greater understanding and strengthened relations. Accordingly, this book provides in-depth communication-based analyses of how U.S. and Chinese officials, scholars, and activists configure each other, portray the relations between the two nations, and depict their shared and competing interests. As a first step toward building a new understanding between one another, Imagining China tackles the complicated question of how Americans, Chinese, and their respective allies imagine themselves enmeshed in nations, old rivalries, and emerging partnerships, while simultaneously meditating on the powers and limits of nationalism in our age of globalization.
Publication Date: October 1st, 2017
502 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Stephen J. Hartnett is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and President of the National Communication Association.

Lisa B. Kernänen is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver, where she was recently named a CU President's Teaching Scholar.

Donovan Conley is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Early Praise

“This volume is a fresh and fascinating rhetorical exploration of the stories humans have invented to imagine China in the age of globalization. It is indispensable reading not only for intercultural communication scholars, government officials, educators, students, and political scientists but also for anyone keenly interested in the unforgettable power of words to move our thoughts and actions.”
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Chair, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University, and author of Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective

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