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229 x 152mm | 200 pages | November 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-1702-2 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-1703-9 £16.99 | $24.95 | €21.90 ebook available

Narrative Power KEN PLUMMER

Narratives are the wealth of nations: they animate life, sustain culture, and cultivate humanity. They regulate and empower us, bringing both joy and discontent: stories shape power and power shapes story. In this provocative and original study Ken Plummer takes us on a journey to explore some of the key dimensions of this narrative power. His main focus is on what he calls “narratives of suffering” and how these change through transformative narrative actions across an array of media forms. The modern world is in crisis and long-standing narratives are being challenged in four major directions: through deep inequalities, global state complexities, digital risks, and the ever-emerging contingencies of time. Asking how we can build sustainable stories for a better future, the book advocates the cultivation of a narrative hope, a narrative wisdom, and a critical narrative citizenship. Narrative Power suggests novel directions for enquiry, discusses a raft of innovative ideas and concepts, and sets a striking new agenda for research and action. KEN PLUMMER is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex.

Series: China Today 210 x 148mm | 232 pages | August 2018 HB | 978-0-7456-8956-2 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-0-7456-8957-9 £15.99 | $22.95 | €20.90 ebook available


Innovation in China Challenging the Global Science and Technology System RICHARD P. APPELBAUM et al.

China is in the midst of transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to one driven by innovation and knowledge. It has seen huge investments in high-tech science parks, a surge in home-grown top-ranked global companies, and a significant increase in scientific publications and patents. Helped by a flexible business culture, state policies that favor domestic over foreign enterprises, and a still-immature intellectual property rights system, the country has been able to leapfrog its way to a competitive position in the global market of innovation. However, this up-to-date analysis argues that this approach might not yield the same level of progress going forward if China does not address serious institutional, organizational, and cultural obstacles, many of which are deeply ingrained.While not impossible, this task may well prove to be more difficult for the Chinese Communist Party than the challenges that China has faced in the past. RICHARD P. APPELBAUM is Distinguished Research Professor and MacArthur Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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