IChina: The Rise of the Individual in Modern Chinese Society (BOK)

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In spite of the intense preoccupation with individual and self in modern Western thought, the social sciences have tended to focus on groups and collectives and downplay the individual. This implicit view has also coloured the study of social life in China where both Confucian ethics and Communist policies have shaped collective structures with little room for individual agency and choice. What is actually happening, however, is a growing individualization of China - not only changing perceptions of the individual but also rising expectations for individual freedom, choice and individuality. The individual has also become a basic social category in China, and a development has begun that permeates all areas of social, economic and political life. How this process evolves in a state and society lacking two of the defining characteristics of European individualization - a culturally embedded democracy and a welfare system - is one of the questions that the volume explores. A strength of this volume is that its authors succeed in depicting the individualization process in conceptually acute and empirically sensitive terms, and as something with its own distinctively Chinese profile. That makes this book a 'must read' for all those wanting to understand present-day Chinese society, with all of its ambivalences, contingencies and contradictions.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2010 Forlag
Marston Book DMARSTO Orphans
ISBN 9788776940539 Antall sider 275
Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,7cm Vekt 431 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Andre medvirkende Mette Halskov Hansen, Rune Svarverud
Emner og form Social interaction, Political control & freedoms

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