Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Norman A. Kutcher
AIIB, China, communism, geography, global class war, imperialism
Social and Behavioral Sciences
This thesis attempts to provide a more sufficient understanding of post-reform China’s position in global political economic space than the understandings and conceptions that currently exist in geography and the broader critical social sciences and humanities. This thesis argues that post-reform China is best understood through the global class war framework. The global class war does not conceive post-reform China as “imperialist,” “neoliberal,” or even “capitalist.” Instead the framework understands post-reform China as a social formation that is simply attempting to arise within a global political economic system that is dominated by the global imperialist class camp. Additionally, the global class war sees China’s state apparatus and the Chinese Communist Party as agents that actually resist neoliberalism in general, rather than being “neoliberal.” This thesis also argues that the Chinese Communist Party should be at the center of any analysis of China’s political economy because of the role the Party plays in the Chinese social formation historically and presently.
Chambers, Collin L., "The People's Republic of China and the Global Class War" (2017). Theses - ALL. 121.