China's Quest for National Identity

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How to define a Chinese national identity remains as hotly contested a question among today's Chinese citizens as it has been among foreign observers. This volume brings together ten new essays by an interdisciplinary group of leading sinologists and offers a comprehensive framework for understanding the nature of Chinese national identity in past and contemporary settings.
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Overview

How to define a Chinese national identity remains as hotly contested a question among today's Chinese citizens as it has been among foreign observers. This volume brings together ten new essays by an interdisciplinary group of leading sinologists and offers a comprehensive framework for understanding the nature of Chinese national identity in past and contemporary settings.
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Draws together a wide range of interdisciplinary material concerning Chinese historical memory and cultural choice. Contributions focus on key moments in China's domestic cultural and political history as well as its foreign policy, and consider how the Chinese state has at times coincided and at other times failed to coincide with the self-image of the people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801480645
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 In Search of a Theory of National Identity 1
2 National Identity in Premodern China: Formation and Role Enactment 32
3 Chinese National Identity and the Strong State: The Late Qing-Republican Crisis 62
4 Rites or Beliefs? The Construction of a Unified Culture in Late Imperial China 80
5 Change and Continuity in Chinese Cultural Identity: The Filial Ideal and the Transformation of an Ethic 104
6 China's Intellectuals in the Deng Era: Loss of Identity with the State 125
7 China Coast Identities: Regional, National, and Global 154
8 China as a Third World State: Foreign Policy and Official National Identity 194
9 China's Multiple Identities in East Asia: China as a Regional Force 215
10 Whither China's Quest for National Identity? 237
Index 291
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