How will the car affect China, that once “immobile empire”? US media accounts put tremendous faith in automobility as a maker of liberal political subjects as China undergoes its postsocialist transformation. But is the type of freedom offered by automobilized modernity necessarily conducive to liberalism, or can it be harnessed to secure legitimacy for other types of regimes?
Cotten Seiler; Welcoming China to Modernity: US Fantasies of Chinese Automobility. Public Culture 1 May 2012; 24 (2 (67)): 357–384. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-1535534
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