Remaking Of The Chinese Character And Identity In The 21st Century

Remaking Of The Chinese Character And Identity In The 21st Century

by Wenshan Jia
     
 

Wenshan Jia demonstrates that a true liberation of Chinese civic discourse can start with a focus on indigenous cultural practices, such as face practices—the understanding that every human face offers a distinct cultural grammar for acting, speaking, and feeling. Chinese character and identity, the author argues, are primarily functions of communication, and

Overview

Wenshan Jia demonstrates that a true liberation of Chinese civic discourse can start with a focus on indigenous cultural practices, such as face practices—the understanding that every human face offers a distinct cultural grammar for acting, speaking, and feeling. Chinese character and identity, the author argues, are primarily functions of communication, and as such, these practices are of enormous consequence to the necessary reconstruction of Chinese identity in the changing socioeconomic context of the 21st century. In this way, Jia finds a middle ground between the advocacy of complete Westernization and radical Chinese nationalism: as a pragmatic alternative, communication is key.

Never before has facework research been approached so systematically from the standpoint of its relationship to character and identity. Jia's work substantially advances the literature on Chinese communication and presents a unique perspective on its relationship to social transformation. This new paradigm of facework—including analytical methods such as Circular Questioning in addition to major case studies—challenges traditional views while pointing the way toward a new and valuable social-constructionist view.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567505542
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2001
Series:
Civic Discourse for the Third Millennium Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

WENSHAN JIA is Assistant Professor of Communication, State University of New York at New Paltz, and was Research Chair of The Association of Chinese Communication Studies./e His research concentrations are intercultural communication, Chinese communication and social change, and communication theory.

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