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Cultural Revolution as Method

Dutton, Michael. 2016. Cultural Revolution as Method. The China Quarterly, 227, pp. 718-733. ISSN 0305-7410 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This paper treats the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a means by which to open on to a more affective approach to the question of the political. It examines one piece of art-technology of that period and shows the way it intuitively worked within the fluidity of power to produce political intensity. This one technology is a microcosm of the Cultural Revolution notion of the political that was built around an attempt to channel and harness affective power towards revolutionary ends. Both because it attempts to direct the political through the affective dimension and because its methods of doing so resembled contemporary art practices, this paper opens on to the possibilities of a method based on an art rather than a science of the political.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741016000771

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
28 April 2016Accepted
4 August 2016Published Online
September 2016Published

Item ID:

20390

Date Deposited:

03 May 2017 11:41

Last Modified:

10 Nov 2017 17:10

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20390

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