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6 Academic Discourse, Official Ideology, and Institutional Metamorphoses: Reflections on Contemporary Chinese Legal Discourses and Reality

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Academic discourse could take place covertly without an official or clearly recognized ideology, resulting in a change in people's mentalities that enables them to be prepared for the forthcoming social transformation. This chapter discusses the links between academic discourse and social transformation primarily through a reflection on Chinese legal discourses and the reality they help to shape so as to reveal the complexity of the relationships between the two and the difficulties that they face. It focuses on three types of legal discourse: those on the rule of law, rights, and judicial independence, to examine their fate in contemporary China. Additionally, the chapter reviews the role of Chinese courts as they interact with academic discourse in order to better understand the relationship between legal discourse, ideology, and institutional transformation.

Keywords: academic discourse; Chinese legal discourses; institutional metamorphoses; judicial independence; official ideology; reality; social transformation



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