China In Transformation / Edition 1

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Overview

What will China look like in the twenty-first century? Powerful forces are at work and its seeming stability has been largely lost after Tiananmen Square. Changing political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural conditions are transforming China and its neighbors with a majority Chinese population. The authors in this book, taking full advantage of the new freedom of inquiry, shed light on the Chinese experience, elaborating not only on the vast changes sweeping all sectors of Chinese society, but also on the tradition that has persisted. The authors confine themselves to enduring questions about today's Sinic societies so that educated readers and scholars of modern China will better understand the more populous half of the world.
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Editorial Reviews

China Review International

China in Transformation is a fascinating and timely book which brings together twelve scholars from very different specialties-philosophy, history, literature, law, sociology, anthropology, political science, and religion-to analyze the complexities and possibilities of China's future...There are many...important themes in this vibrant volume, and I encourage readers to see for themselves what this project contains.
— William A. Callahan

Asian Affairs

Provides thought-provoking insights into China as it changes—or refuses to change—and should have wide appeal.
— Marjorie Dryburgh

Asia Pacific Business Review [UK]

As a short-term ideology (writes Professor Perry Link, in [this] insightful eleven chapter symposium...tightly edited by Professor Tu Wei-Ming)...to 'make money' does hold out advantages for China. More wealth might sweeten the bitter lives of the still large peasant population, family enterprise long dormant might once more flourish, parallel freedoms might ensue and so on. Yet to make money, 'can only be a stopgap'...[and] is clearly not the end of the story.
— Malcolm Warner

China Review International - William A. Callahan
China in Transformation is a fascinating and timely book which brings together twelve scholars from very different specialties-philosophy, history, literature, law, sociology, anthropology, political science, and religion-to analyze the complexities and possibilities of China's future...There are many...important themes in this vibrant volume, and I encourage readers to see for themselves what this project contains.
Asian Affairs - Marjorie Dryburgh
Provides thought-provoking insights into China as it changes--or refuses to change--and should have wide appeal.
Albert Feuerwerker
These are some astute commentaries on 'whither China' that have sufficient perspective to transcend the limits of daily journalism; for a while at least, they will be helpful guides to a very complex society in transformation.
Asia Pacific Business Review [UK] - Malcolm Warner
As a short-term ideology (writes Professor Perry Link, in [this] insightful eleven chapter symposium...tightly edited by Professor Tu Wei-Ming)...to 'make money' does hold out advantages for China. More wealth might sweeten the bitter lives of the still large peasant population, family enterprise long dormant might once more flourish, parallel freedoms might ensue and so on. Yet to make money, 'can only be a stopgap'...[and] is clearly not the end of the story.
Asian Affairs
Provides thought-provoking insights into China as it changes--or refuses to change--and should have wide appeal.
— Marjorie Dryburgh
China Review International
China in Transformation is a fascinating and timely book which brings together twelve scholars from very different specialties-philosophy, history, literature, law, sociology, anthropology, political science, and religion-to analyze the complexities and possibilities of China's future...There are many...important themes in this vibrant volume, and I encourage readers to see for themselves what this project contains.
— William A. Callahan
Asia Pacific Business Review [UK]
As a short-term ideology (writes Professor Perry Link, in [this] insightful eleven chapter symposium...tightly edited by Professor Tu Wei-Ming)...to 'make money' does hold out advantages for China. More wealth might sweeten the bitter lives of the still large peasant population, family enterprise long dormant might once more flourish, parallel freedoms might ensue and so on. Yet to make money, 'can only be a stopgap'...[and] is clearly not the end of the story.
— Malcolm Warner
Booknews
Contains 11 articles, ten of which appeared in the Spring 1993 issue of Daedalus, v.122, no.2, of the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the eleventh appeared in the Summer 1993 issue. The contributors shed light on current conditions, the traditions that have persisted, and the prospects for the future in China. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674117549
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: First Harvard University Press paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Tu Weiming is Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy at Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Cultural Perspectives
A Failed Chinese Modernity 1
Cultural Identity and the Politics of Difference in South China 19
Double-edged Swords Cut Both Ways: Law and Legitimacy in the People's Republic of China 45
To Reform a Revolution: Under the Righteous Mandate 71
Cultural Requisites for Democracy in China: Findings from a Survey 95
The Radicalization of China in the Twentieth Century 125
Cultural and Political Inventions in Modern China: The Case of the Chinese "Peasant" 151
A Search for China's Soul 171
China's "Core" Problem 189
Yanan and the Narrative Reconstruction of Reality 207
Culture, Modernity, and Nationalism - Further Reflections 233
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