Romanticising the Past: Core Socialist Values and the China Dream as Legitimisation Strategy


This article examines “core socialist values” as a part of the China Dream discourse, in the context of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s search for alternative sources of legitimacy. Using the “visualising our values” poster collection and the “China Dream Child” campaign as case studies, this article argues that such narratives form a crucial part of the CCP’s continuing legitimisation strategy, where the party emphasises its role in providing moral authority and guidance for the general public. In order to lay such claims, the narratives focus on romanticising and homogenising both the imperial and the socialist past, while projecting a strong sense of optimism for the future, based on similar hopes of continuity and homogeneity.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
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Uncontrolled Keywords: China,core socialist values,legitimacy,propaganda,Sociology and Political Science,Political Science and International Relations,Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
Publication ISSN: 1868-1026
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:36
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 08:41
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Published Date: 2021-08
Published Online Date: 2021-01-04
Accepted Date: 2020-11-27
Authors: Miao, Ying (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9405-6387)



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