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The cultural economy of Falun Gong in China; a rhetorical perspective.


The cultural economy of Falun Gong in China; a rhetorical perspective.

Xiao, Ming.

U. of South Carolina Press


140 pages



Studies in rhetoric/communication


Xiao is a former official of the Chinese Ministry of Culture who moved to the US to study, and now teaches communication at the college level. She examines the rhetoric of Falun Gong's dissent from Chinese leadership in politics, culture, religion, science, and health care. The folk religion was founded in 1991 as a reaction to the country's turn to a market economy, she says, and Western accounts of it advocating democracy and capitalism are wishful thinking. She discusses the rise of Falun Gong; its departure from Marxist materialism, authoritarianism, and scientism; why it is popular; the use of tropes as ideological instruments; and the transfiguration of the political sensibility of the Chinese people.

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Date:Jun 1, 2011
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