BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Date of Submission



Dr. Irfan Muhammad, Visiting Faculty, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This thesis critically engages with the interplay between neo-Confucianism and governmentality in the context of China's evolving governance under President Xi Jinping. Drawing from Michel Foucault's governmentality framework, this research delves into how Neo-Confucian principles are strategically employed by the Chinese leadership to shape governable subjectivities, regulate behavior, and consolidate centralized authority in a rapidly changing socio-political milieu. It navigates through official discourse, educational initiatives, media control, and policy implementation to unravel the intricate dynamics of this convergence, shedding light on the complex terrain that the Chinese government treads in its pursuit of social cohesion, political legitimacy, and effective governance. This study seeks to deepen our understanding of the intricate interplay between traditional philosophical foundations and contemporary governance strategies while contributing to the ongoing scholarly discourse on the fusion of ancient wisdom and modern political authority in China.


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