‘With those views, you should work for the Communist Party of China’: challenging Western knowledge production on China-Africa relations

African East-Asian Affairs

View Publication Info
Field Value
Title ‘With those views, you should work for the Communist Party of China’: challenging Western knowledge production on China-Africa relations
Creator O'Brien, Liam Michael
Description China’s relations with the African continent continues to be misrepresented within the Western (North American and European) academe. This is due, in part, to the methodological and epistemological assumptions underpinning many research agendas. These agendas are founded upon a range of histories, theories and frameworks that have been produced in the West, by the West, and for a particular end  within a particular location, or, event.This paper brings forward some original empirical data - from five months field research in South Africa which questioned power and agency (participation and self-determination) in response to Chinese Development assistance  to support, and bring into conversation, emerging literatures which focus upon the ‘uneven production of knowledge’ on and about China. It works with critiques of historicism and emerging concepts such as Sinological-orientalism and Sinologism, to explain how the continued measuring and representation of China through Western concepts, understandings and logics, come to reduce, in an Orientalist manner, accurate relations between China and Africa.Conclusions join calls for more balanced and disinterested scholarship on the China-Africa relationship and argue that this can only be achieved through greater geo-graphical and temporal specificity within writing. Within current work on China-Africa relations there is a lack of empirical qualitative data being collected, or, arguments are being extrapolated from limited cases. This paper represents a critical case that introduces new voices and alternative narratives from (South) African’s themselves.
Publisher Centre for Chinese Studies
Date 2016-12-09
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://aeaa.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/183
Source African East-Asian Affairs; No 4 (2016)
Language eng
Relation http://aeaa.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/183/147

Contact Us

The PKP Index is an initiative of the Public Knowledge Project.

For PKP Publishing Services please use the PKP|PS contact form.

For support with PKP software we encourage users to consult our wiki for documentation and search our support forums.

For any other correspondence feel free to contact us using the PKP contact form.

Find Us


Copyright © 2015-2018 Simon Fraser University Library