Johan Lagerkvist is professor of Chinese language and culture at Stockholm University. His main research interests include Chinese state-society relations, modern Chinese history, political culture, China’s media system and internet politics, global governance, China’s political economy and evolving role in ‘South-South’ cooperation.
He is currently working on two research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council: “Challenging the Chinese State: The Formation of New Citizen Norms in Emergent Civil Society” and “Divided Development – Western and Chinese Development Redux: Clash or Convergence?” with Jens Stilhoff Sörensen, Göteborg University.
He is the author of the monographs Tiananmen Redux: The Hard Truth about the Expanded Neoliberal World Order (Peter Lang, 2015), Before Democracy: Competing norms in Chinese Media and Society (Peter Lang, 2010), and Sovereignty, Non-interference, and the Challenge of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism in Africa (Routledge, 2016).
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