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(Un)Problematising and Reshaping : Discourse Analysis of the Rural Poor’s Representation in Poverty-Alleviation Texts During the Xi and Hu Eras



Year of publication 2024
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Description Existing research into China’s rural poverty alleviation is state-centric, focusing on the implementation of anti-poverty policies and their influence. Unlike the existing research, this study shifts its attention to the poor, aiming to unpack their discursive representation in the Hu and Xi eras in order to understand the changing logic of anti-poverty governance in China. Drawing on Halliday’s transitivity theory, the study conducted a discourse analysis of 201 concrete poverty-alleviation examples created during 2002–2021 in the People’s Daily. Based on the comparative investigation, the study finds that the Xi era examples tend to problematise the poor in terms of their indolence, non-modernity, and incapacity and accordingly construct a paternalistic agroindustrial discourse that attempts to integrate them into agroindustrial operations to shape them as self-responsible and market-compliant subjects.
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