Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953

Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953

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by Susan L. Glosser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520227298

ISBN-13: 9780520227293

Pub. Date: 02/12/2003

Publisher: University of California Press


At the dawn of the twentieth century, China's sovereignty was fragile at best. In the face of international pressure and domestic upheaval, young urban radicals—desperate for reforms that would save their nation—clamored for change, championing Western-inspired family reform and promoting free marriage choice and economic and emotional independence. But…  See more details below

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At the dawn of the twentieth century, China's sovereignty was fragile at best. In the face of international pressure and domestic upheaval, young urban radicals—desperate for reforms that would save their nation—clamored for change, championing Western-inspired family reform and promoting free marriage choice and economic and emotional independence. But what came to be known as the New Culture Movement had the unwitting effect of fostering totalitarianism. In this wide-reaching, engrossing book, Susan Glosser examines how the link between family order and national salvation affected state-building and explores its lasting consequences.

Glosser effectively argues that the replacement of the authoritarian, patriarchal, extended family structure with an egalitarian, conjugal family was a way for the nation to preserve crucial elements of its traditional culture. Her comprehensive research shows that in the end, family reform paved the way for the Chinese Communist Party to establish a deeply intrusive state that undermined the legitimacy of individual rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520227293
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/12/2003
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction: Evolve or Perish1
1Saving Self and Nation: The New Culture Movement's Family-Reform Discourse27
2Making the National Family: The Statist Xiao Jiating81
3Marketing the Family: You Huaigao and the Entrepreneurial Xiao Jiating134
4Love for Revolution: Xiao Jiating in the People's Republic167
Conclusion: The Malleability of the Xiao Jiating Ideal197
Notes201
Bibliography249
Glossary263
Index267

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Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Professor Glosser has come a long way. She said she was going to write a history book some 17 years ago when she was a student. And the book is coming out next month. Way to go, Susan.