Surveillance infrastructure in China: Key concepts and mechanisms enhancing the Party-state’s governance ambitions

Susan Trevaskes, Ausma Bernot

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Abstract

Surveillance infrastructure in China monitors and enables authorities to react to potential risky, miscreant or criminal behaviour. What type of behaviours are perceived to be so, is determined in large part by ideology. Therefore, surveillance infrastructure relies on the machinery of ideology to define the boundaries of its use. In this paper, we outline six key ideological concepts relating to governance in Xi Jinping’s China that have helped to expand the boundaries of surveillance. We identify terms embedded in promotional material of Hikvision and other surveillance technology firms as a springboard for conceptual discussion. The aim is to survey the ideological lexicon of concepts that position surveillance within the Party-state’s broad capacity-building ambitions for governance in Xi’s China. This positioning amplifies the political responsibility of state, social and market actors to work together to broaden surveillance activities for ‘society-building’ purposes, and ultimately for the realisation of Xi Jinping’s goal of National Rejuvenation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-342
Number of pages16
JournalGlobal Media and China
Volume8
Issue number3
Early online dateApr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Grant Number

  • DP220102749

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