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Party Spirit Made Flesh: the Production of Legitimacy in the Aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

Sorace, Christian


This article argues that the Party retains a tradition of seeking to revitalize its legitimacy through demonstrations of benevolence and glory. The post-2008 Sichuan earthquake provided just such an opportunity to mobilize the discourse of “Party spirit” and display the willingness of cadres to suffer and sacrifice themselves on behalf of the people. In addition to being grist for the propaganda mill, these norms and expectations were implemented in concrete policy directives and work...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: The China Journal
DOI: 10.1086/685844
Access Rights: Open Access


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