Making sense through ideology

Gloria Davies

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Gloria Davies’ chapter focuses on two aspects of ideology that help to determine how we can look at law in China. She contrasts two different ways of thinking about ideology, one implicit and the other explicit. She first considers how the disciplinary rules and conventions of academic work sustain the discursive dominance of certain patterns of understanding. Second, she looks at the dominance of ideology under Xi Jinping, particularly how it has worked to undermine academic inquiry in China in some areas and to produce a more explicitly political understanding of China’s ‘socialist rule of law’ in others. With these issues in mind, she explores Party ideology as a cultural and linguistic phenomenon of China’s Party-state system. She argues that to the extent that ideology is shaped by spoken and written communications, texts and images, its imprint as a dominant pattern of understanding is contingent as much on the persuasiveness of what it promises and represents as on its institutional entrenchment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and the Party in China
Subtitle of host publication Ideology and Organisation
EditorsRogier J. E. H. Creemers, Susan Trevaskes
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)978110836357
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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