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Professor Michael Dutton

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PositionProfessor of Politics
Email m.dutton (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5354
Professor Michael Dutton

Holding a joint professorship with the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science at China's Tsinghua University, Professor Michael Dutton's work circles around his principle intellectual interest (social theory) and his principle geographic archive, China. Increasingly the distinction between archive and interest has become blurred.

His earliest major work, Policing and Punishment in China (Cambridge UP 1992), explored the way various Chinese governments disciplined the subject, while his second major work, Streetlife China (1998 Cambridge UP) looked at the popular responses to governmental disciplining. His third book, Policing Chinese Politics (Duke UP 2005) —for which he won the American Asian Studies Levenson Award for the best book on modern China, 2007— explored the underlying dynamic propelling the Maoist revolution while his last book, Beijing Time (Harvard UP), co-authored with former students, revealed another sometimes hidden  side to life in the Chinese capital. In his forthcoming book, Dutton explores the concept of the political but once again he does so in a way that highlights its Chinese characteristics. Arguing for an art rather than a science of the political, Dutton’s work offers a more liquid and affective understanding of the political.

Areas of supervision

China, postcolonial and postmodern theory, everydayness and the metropolis.
Chinese policing and punishment.

Publications

Book

Beijing Time
Dutton, Michael; Lo, Hsiu-ju Stacy and Wu, Dong Dong. 2010. Beijing Time. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674047341

《中国的规制与惩罚:从夫权本位到人民本位》, 清华大学出版社, 北京。 Policing and Punishment in China; from Patriarchy to ‘The People’
Dutton, Michael. 2009. 《中国的规制与惩罚:从夫权本位到人民本位》, 清华大学出版社, 北京。 Policing and Punishment in China; from Patriarchy to ‘The People’. 清华大学出版社 Qinghua University Press.

Policing Chinese Politics: A History
Dutton, Michael. 2005. Policing Chinese Politics: A History. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 0822334771

Streetlife China
Dutton, Michael. 1998. Streetlife China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521637190

Book Section

Das Regiment der Gewalt: Polizieren des Politischen in der Volksrepublik China The government of violence: Policing the Chinese political; a short history
Dutton, Michael. 2011. Das Regiment der Gewalt: Polizieren des Politischen in der Volksrepublik China The government of violence: Policing the Chinese political; a short history. In: Alf Leudke; Herbert Reinke and Michael Sturm, eds. Polizei, Gewalt und Staat im 20. Jahrhundert. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 105-130. ISBN 978-3-531-18266-7

Building a Gift of Politics
Dutton, Michael. 2009. Building a Gift of Politics. In: M. Farquhar, ed. 21st Century China: Views from Australia. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 31-55. ISBN 978-1-4438-1259-7

Passionately Governmental: Maoism and the Structured Intensities of Revolutionary Governmentality
Dutton, Michael. 2009. Passionately Governmental: Maoism and the Structured Intensities of Revolutionary Governmentality. In: Elaine Jeffreys, ed. China's Governmentalities: Governing Change, Changing Government. London: Routledge, pp. 24-38. ISBN 978-0-415-54744-4

Asian Cultural Studies: Recapturing the Encounter with the Heterogeneous in Cultural Studies
Dutton, Michael. 2009. Asian Cultural Studies: Recapturing the Encounter with the Heterogeneous in Cultural Studies. In: Chris Berry; Nicola Liscutin and Jonathan D. Mackintosh, eds. Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia: What a Difference a Region Makes. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 37-50. ISBN 9789622099746

Article

Cultural Revolution as Method
Dutton, Michael. 2016. Cultural Revolution as Method. The China Quarterly, 227, pp. 718-733. ISSN 0305-7410

“Fragments of the Political or How we Deal With Wonder”
Dutton, Michael. 2012. “Fragments of the Political or How we Deal With Wonder”. Social Text, 30(1), pp. 109-141.

The paradoxical after-life of colonial governmentality
Dutton, Michael. 2010. The paradoxical after-life of colonial governmentality. Social Identities, 16(5), pp. 635-649. ISSN 1350-4630

The Square: A Political Anthropology of the Built Environment
Dutton, Michael. 2010. The Square: A Political Anthropology of the Built Environment. Time+Architecture, 4, pp. 88-101.

Building a Gift of Politics
Dutton, Michael. 2008. Building a Gift of Politics. Communication, Politics & Culture, 41(1), pp. 78-98.

Passionately governmental: Maoism and the structured intensities of revolutionary governmentality
Dutton, Michael. 2008. Passionately governmental: Maoism and the structured intensities of revolutionary governmentality. Postcolonial Studies, 11(1), pp. 99-112. ISSN 1368-8790

From Culture Industry to Mao Industry: A Greek Tragedy
Dutton, Michael. 2005. From Culture Industry to Mao Industry: A Greek Tragedy. boundary 2, 32(2), pp. 151-167. ISSN 15272141

Mango Mao: Infections of the Sacred
Dutton, Michael. 2004. Mango Mao: Infections of the Sacred. Public Culture, 16(2), pp. 161-187. ISSN 15278018

Lead Us Not Into Translation: Notes Toward a Theoretical Foundation for Asian Studies
Dutton, Michael. 2002. Lead Us Not Into Translation: Notes Toward a Theoretical Foundation for Asian Studies. Nepantla: Views from South, 3(3), pp. 495-537. ISSN 15270858

Digital

Political Passion Affective Communities in China and the West
Dutton, Michael; Martin, David and Driver, Adam. 2009. Political Passion Affective Communities in China and the West.