Journal article

Mapping, Enumeration and Government Under Chinese Socialism

C McCaw

Melbourne Journal of Politics | University of Melbourne, Political Science Department | Published : 2006

Abstract

This paper employs notions of mapping and governmentality to investigate practices of government under Chinese socialism. Projects of enumeration such as the household registration system and the National Census are presented as administrative maps and as technologies of government. Analysed in terms of their cartographic and schematic elements, such maps are shown to hold intimate relationships with the necessities of government under a planned economy. The movement of 'temporary' workers, and the fluid criteria determining 'urban' and 'non urban' status lead us to consider some paradoxical and contradictory elements within a proposed Chinese governmentality.