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Restless China
     

Restless China

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by Perry Link
 

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ISBN-10: 1442215119

ISBN-13: 2901442215114

Pub. Date: 04/16/2013

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This compelling book explores the explosive pace of change in China and how its citizens are grappling with a dramatically new world, both in the public and private spheres. China’s stratospheric growth has made it the second largest economy in the world—and one of the most unequal. Marxist ideology and socialist ideals have almost completely collapsed,

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This compelling book explores the explosive pace of change in China and how its citizens are grappling with a dramatically new world, both in the public and private spheres. China’s stratospheric growth has made it the second largest economy in the world—and one of the most unequal. Marxist ideology and socialist ideals have almost completely collapsed, replaced by a combination of materialism and assertive nationalism. The vast migration of labor from countryside to city has continued apace. The pressures of a hypercompetitive market economy are ripping apart the traditional family and threatening the environment. Corruption has reached new heights. The political system is even more rigid, but perhaps more brittle, than a decade ago.

There is enormous popular pride in the ascension of China to the rank of global superpower and general satisfaction in the material benefits that the poor as well as the rich have been gaining from an expanding economy. But there is also great restlessness, anger about structural injustice and political corruption, and a search for new forms of spirituality and ethics to replace a collapsing moral order. The question “What does it mean, in the new day, to be Chinese?” lurks just beneath the surface. This unique interdisciplinary book frames this central issue through an innovative set of case studies on such cutting-edge topics as reality dating shows, countercultural invented language, star bloggers, faith healers, and subversive jokes.

Contributions by: Jeremy Brown, X. L. Ding, Hsiung Ping-chen, William Jankowiak, Shuyu Kong, Perry Link, Richard P. Madsen, David Moser, Paul G. Pickowicz, Su Xiaokang, Xiao Qiang, Yunxiang Yan, and Yang Lijun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901442215114
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298

Table of Contents

Restless China: An Introduction
Perry Link, Richard P. Madsen, and Paul G. Pickowicz
Part I: Legacies
Chapter 1: When Things Go Wrong: Accidents and the Legacy of the Mao Era in Today’s China
Jeremy Brown
Chapter 2: "The Only Reliability Is That These Guys Aren't Reliable!": The Business Culture of Red Capitalism
X. L. Ding
Chapter 3: Political Humor in Postsocialist China: Transnational and Still Funny
Paul G. Pickowicz
Part II: A New Electronic Community
Chapter 4: From Grass-Mud Equestrians to Rights-Conscious Citizens: Language and Thought on the Chinese Internet
Perry Link and Xiao Qiang
Chapter 5: Han Han and the Public
Yang Lijun
Chapter 6: Are You the One?: The Competing Public Voices of China’s Post-1980s Generation
Shuyu Kong
Part III: Values
Chapter 7: The Sacred and the Holy: Religious Power and Cultural Creativity in China Today
Richard P. Madsen
Chapter 8: An Invisible Path: “Urban Buddhists” in Beijing and Their Search for Meaning
David Moser
Chapter 9: Chinese Youth: Hot Romance and Cold Calculation
William Jankowiak
Part IV: Global Standards
Chapter 10: A Collapsing Natural Environment?
Su Xiaokang and Perry Link
Chapter 11: Awash in Money and Searching for Excellence: The Restlessness of Chinese Universities
Hsiung Ping-chen
Chapter 12: Food Safety and Social Risk in Contemporary China
Yunxiang Yan

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