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Evil Monsters and Machines: A Techno-Orientalist Perspective on Threat Perception in the United Kingdom
Swedish Defence University.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis looks at the construction of China as a security threat in the United Kingdom, through the theoretical lens of techno-Orientalism. The main argument is that techno-Orientalist ideas influence the Western perception of China as a security threat, which leads to the creation of certain fears regarding China which affects the identity creation of both the United Kingdom and China. Techno-Orientalism shows how the West perceives itself as losing its grip on modernity, and thus the future; the East is being perceived as the producers of technology which lead to the opposite of the desired Western liberal humanism. Thus, the East is on its way to take over modernity and turn it into a technological oppressive future. These ideas influence how the United Kingdom perceives China as a security threat, and this is shown through a Foucauldian-inspired discourse analysis of debates in the British Parliament. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. , p. 51
Keywords [en]
techno-orientalism, orientalism, security, threat perception, United Kingdom, China, discourse analysis, poststructuralism
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9697OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9697DiVA, id: diva2:1525320
Subject / course
Political Science with focus on crisis management and security
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2021-03-03 Created: 2021-02-03 Last updated: 2021-03-03Bibliographically approved

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