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The Specter of Global China


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Ching Kwan Lee is professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.


"Rejecting simplistic depictions of Chinese investment in Africa as inevitably 'imperialistic' and 'exploitative, ' The Specter of Global China paints a richly nuanced portrait based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Zambian copper mines and construction sites. Lee makes a compelling case for the benefits of placing the study of China's political economy in global perspective."--Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University
"Lee has produced another pioneering treatise on China. With Zambia as her field site, she contrasts Chinese state investment with competing footloose private capital from other countries, thereby refuting mythologies of Chinese colonialism or world hegemony. Her novel political economy based on 'varieties of capital' displaces more conventional theories of 'varieties of capitalism' to reveal a startling contingency to global capitalism. Sure to be an unforgettable classic, The Specter of Global China represents the very best of historical and comparative ethnography."--Michael Burawoy, University of California at Berkeley
"The Specter of Global China engages with substantial theoretical questions at the center of the nature of capitalism as a system. It is not a book exclusively for students of China in Africa; its theoretical and empirical engagement with enduring questions in the social sciences make it an important contribution to all those interested in the theory and practice of development."--Edward Webster, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
"[A] masterful deployment of the global ethnographic method as a tool for rigorous conjunctural analysis. . . . The Specter of Global China will undoubtedly appeal to geographical political economists, critical resource geographers, Asia and Africa scholars, and economic sociologists who wish to understand the contemporary moment of economic restructuring, particularly as it unfolds in a non-North Atlantic setting."--Antipode

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