Sentence of the Day

From Patricia Thornton‘s chapter in Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (edited by Sebastian Heilmann and Elizabeth Perry):

Through the new practice of polling, the reform-era public is more readily assembled as a legible aggregate subject that thinks and desires without contradiction and whose complex and shifting pluralities are largely overwritten in the search for monochromatic majorities in the construction of a “socialist harmonious society.”

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