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Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation

Silvia M. Lindtner


How did China's mass manufacturing and “copycat” production become transformed, in the global tech imagination, from something holding the nation back to one of its key assets? This book offers a rich transnational analysis of how the promise of democratized innovation and entrepreneurial life has shaped China's governance and global image. The book reveals how a growing distrust in Western models of progress and development, including Silicon Valley and the tech industry after the financial crisis of 2007–8, shaped the rise of the global maker movement and the vision of China as a “new fronti ... More

Keywords: China, global political economy, technology production, innovation, technology investment, industrial production, maker movement, entrepreneurial life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691207674
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691207674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Silvia M. Lindtner, author
University of Michigan