Chinese Nationalism: Insights and opportunities for comparative studies

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Comparative studies of nationalism rarely incorporate China as a case in their observations. Despite the rise of nationalism in salience throughout Chinese society, studies of nationalism in China are frequently tagged as insularly focused and unsuitable for comparison. However, a survey of the literature in Chinese nationalism studies reveals that similar blindspots and limitations challenge studies of China with more general comparative research on nationalism. Given this parallelism in development, I argue that looking to observations of China provides scholars of nationalism with vital opportunities to expand and refine theory to include insights from a non-western, non-democratic case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-511
Number of pages15
JournalNationalities Papers
Issue number3
Early online date13 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2023


  • China
  • nationalism
  • comparative authoritarianism
  • everyday nationalism
  • theory building


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