Vectors of Violence: Legitimation and Distribution of State Power in the People’s Liberation Army Daily (Jiefangjun Bao), 1956-1989

Aaron GILKISON*, Maciej KURZYNSKI

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

Abstract

From personal memoirs and cooking recipes to revolutionary agitation and war coverage, the People’s Liberation Army Daily offers a wealth of insights into the sociopolitical and affective realities of post-1949 China. One of the few major periodicals that continued publication during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the journal has received relatively scant attention from scholars, except for political science studies devoted to the PRC propaganda system. Combining close reading and historical analysis with quantitative conceptuality and text mining, we demonstrate how the PLA Daily legitimizes state violence differently through its representation of various soldier figures, the zhanshi, the junren, and the minbing. We also use a large language model to show how the journal distributes violent sentiments to international topics in times of domestic turmoil.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Cultural Analytics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024

Keywords

  • PRC
  • violence
  • soldier
  • People's Liberation Army Daily
  • computational criticism
  • distribution of the sensible
  • China

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