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Significant Others : Security and Suspicion in Chinese-Angolan Encounters

Signifikante Andere : Sicherheit und Verdacht in den chinesisch-angolanischen Begegnungen
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Schmitz, Cheryl Mei-ting

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Abstract "The sense of mystery around Chinese presences in Angola impels researchers to understand not only the empirical details of economic transactions and diplomatic partnerships but also the various ways in which the actors involved make sense of a novel social, political, and economic configuration. By drawing several ethnographic portraits of the social practices and discursive strategies at play in Chinese-Angolan relations, I show how, in a context of mutual uncertainty and suspicion, appeals to 'security' play a central role. Instead of viewing Chinese and Angolans as two separate groups with opposed interests and lack of communication between them, I explore how participation in a shared context generates common modes of explanation. Moreover, I propose a parallel analysis of state-level negotiations alongside everyday social encounters to consider how a political economic partnership between China and Angola is lived through the everyday negotiations of Chinese and Angolan residents in Luanda." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; Angola; international relations; security; security policy; migration; criminality; negotiation; participation; promotion of development; discourse; risk; action orientation; Far East; developing country; Southern Africa; Asia; Africa South of the Sahara; Africa
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 41-69
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
Issue topic Understanding Chinese-African Interactions in Africa
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs