Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

Language

English

Abstract

This article examines the ways in which taxi driving and China’s quest for global ascendency are interlinked and enmeshed. Inspired by de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life and his conceptual formulation of “strategy” and “tactic”, this article explores how taxi drivers, through their everyday practice of driving, found ways and moments to tactically challenge and appropriate so-called “civility campaigns” and a rising China. By demonstrating the numerous instances of tactics taxi drivers used, I argue that their socio-economic marginality did not, in fact, reduce them to a “powerless” position. I bring in Foucault’s analytics of power and governmentality to add to de Certeau’s work by helping to explain the intertwined relationship between government and governed to shed light on the complexity implicated in the dynamics of power relations and resistance. I examine the period around the 2008 Beijing Olympics as it involved large-scale attempts to showcase China through (urban) transformation.

Keywords

China, taxi drivers, strategies, tactics, civility campaigns, power relations, 2008 Beijing Olympics

Publication Date

1-2014

Source Publication Title

Journal of Current Chinese Affairs

Volume

43

Issue

4

Start Page

175

End Page

205

Publisher

German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License

ISSN (print)

18684874

ISSN (electronic)

18681026

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