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Alternate Civilities
     

Alternate Civilities

by Robert Paul Weller
 

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ISBN-10: 0813339316

ISBN-13: 9780813339313

Pub. Date: 07/01/2001

Publisher: Westview Press


Some Asian political leaders and Western academics have recently claimed that China is unlikely to produce an open political system. This claim rests on the idea that “Confucian culture” provides an alternative to Western civil values, and that China lacked the democratic traditions and even the horizontal institutions of trust that could build a civil

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Some Asian political leaders and Western academics have recently claimed that China is unlikely to produce an open political system. This claim rests on the idea that “Confucian culture” provides an alternative to Western civil values, and that China lacked the democratic traditions and even the horizontal institutions of trust that could build a civil society. An opposed school of thought is far more optimistic about democracy, because it sees market economies of the kind China has begun to foster as pushing inexorably against authoritarian political control and reproducing Western patterns of change.Alternate Civilities argues for a different set of political possibilities. By comparing China with Taiwan’s new and vibrant democracy, it shows how democracy can grow out of Chinese cultural roots and authoritarian institutions. The business organizations, religious groups, environmental movements, and women’s networks it examines do not simply reproduce Western values and institutions. These cases point to the possibility of an alternate civility, neither the stubborn remnant of an ancient authoritarian culture, nor a reflex of market economics. They are instead the active creation of new solutions to the problems of modern life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813339313
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
1Culture, Economy, and the Roots of Civil Change1
Culture and Economy3
Voluntary Associations and Civil Life12
2Legacies23
Philosophical Legacies and Key Terms23
Institutional Legacies29
Conclusion35
3The Limits to Authority41
Taiwan and the Republic of China44
The People's Republic of China50
Conclusions56
4Business and the Limits to Civil Association63
Social Embeddedness66
The Role of Women71
State Embeddedness74
Conclusion77
5Religion: Local Association and Split Market Cultures83
Local Temple Religion84
New Selves and New Moralities88
Women and Religion93
Split Market Cultures and Civil Association100
6Forms of Association and Social Action107
Taiwan's Environmental Movement111
The People's Republic126
7Alternate Civilities and Political Change135
The Bifurcation of Social Associations136
Alternate Civilities, Alternate Modernities138
Women's Leading Roles140
Associational Life and Political Transformations142
Appendix149
Bibliography153
Index163

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