China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society (New in Paper) / Edition 2by Daniel A. Bell
Pub. Date: 05/09/2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
What is it like to be a Westerner teaching political philosophy in an officially Marxist state? Why do Chinese sex workers sing karaoke with their customers? And why do some Communist Party cadres get promoted if they care for their elderly parents? In this entertaining and illuminating book, one of the few Westerners to teach at a Chinese university draws on his
What is it like to be a Westerner teaching political philosophy in an officially Marxist state? Why do Chinese sex workers sing karaoke with their customers? And why do some Communist Party cadres get promoted if they care for their elderly parents? In this entertaining and illuminating book, one of the few Westerners to teach at a Chinese university draws on his personal experiences to paint an unexpected portrait of a society undergoing faster and more sweeping changes than anywhere else on earth. With a storyteller's eye for detail, Daniel Bell observes the rituals, routines, and tensions of daily life in China. China's New Confucianism makes the case that as the nation retreats from communism, it is embracing a new Confucianism that offers a compelling alternative to Western liberalism.
Bell provides an insider's account of Chinese culture and, along the way, debunks a variety of stereotypes. He presents the startling argument that Confucian social hierarchy can actually contribute to economic equality in China. He covers such diverse social topics as sex, sports, and the treatment of domestic workers. He considers the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, wondering whether Chinese overcompetitiveness might be tempered by Confucian civility. And he looks at education in China, showing the ways Confucianism impacts his role as a political theorist and teacher.
By examining the challenges that arise as China adapts ancient values to contemporary society, China's New Confucianism enriches the dialogue of possibilities available to this rapidly evolving nation.
In a new preface, Bell discusses the challenges of promoting Confucianism in China and the West.
- Princeton University Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- With a New preface by the author
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
Part 1 Politics 1
1 From Communism to Confucianism: Changing Discourses on China's Political Future 3
2 War, Peace, and China's Soft Power 19
3 Hierarchical Rituals for Egalitarian Societies 38
Part 2 Society 57
4 Sex, Singing, and Civility: The Costs and Benefits of the Karaoke Trade 59
5 How Should Employers Treat Domestic Workers? 75
6 The Politics of Sports: From the 2006 World Cup to the 2008 Olympics 91
Part 3 Education 105
7 A Critique of Critical Thinking 107
8 Teaching Political Theory in Beijing 128
9 On Being Confucian: Why Confucians Needn't Be Old, Serious, and Conservative 148
1 Depoliticizing the Analects 163
2 Jiang Qing's Political Confucianism 175
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