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Title: Chasing ghosts : rumors and representations of the export of Chinese convict labour to developing countries
Authors: Yan, H 
Sautman, B
Keywords: China
Africa
Convict labor
Rumour
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: China quarterly, June 2012, v. 210, p. 398-418 How to cite?
Journal: China quarterly 
Abstract: A recent addition to the global discourse of China's interaction with developing countries has been the claim that the Chinese government exports prison labour to these countries. While no evidence is ever presented to support this claim, it has been widely circulated in international and local media, as well as on the internet. This article examines the origins of the rumour and the mechanisms of its transmission. It shows that while the rumour often originates at the grass roots in developing countries, it is promoted locally and globally by political, economic and media elites with distinct agendas that often involve building support for opposition parties, competition in obtaining contracts, or geo-strategic and ideological rivalry. We analyse the rumour's circulation in light of the larger discourse on China and developing countries, and discuss why Chinese official responses to the claim have proved to be ineffective.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/5877
ISSN: 0305-7410
EISSN: 1468-2648
DOI: 10.1017/S0305741012000422
Rights: © The China Quarterly 2012
The following article Yan Hairong and Barry Sautman (2012). Chasing Ghosts: Rumours and Representations of the Export of Chinese Convict Labour to Developing Countries. The China Quarterly, 210, pp 398-418." is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8626995
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