The Specter of Global China

by Ching Kwan Lee

Book Reviews

  • First up, one of my favorite academic books: Ching Kwan Lee's The Specter of Global China. An ethnography of Chinese businesses in Africa, it usefully complexifies China's influence, arguing it isn't so different from other global actors. 2/xLink to Tweet

About Book

Unnatural capital: Chinese state investment and its travails in Africa -- Varieties of accumulation: profit maximization and beyond -- Labor bargains: regimes of exploitation and exclusion -- Managerial ethos: collective asceticism versus individual careerism -- Contesting capital: aspiration and capacity from below -- Eventful global China -- Appendix: an ethnographer's odyssey: the mundane and the sublime of researching China in Zambia