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Voicing Concerns
     

Voicing Concerns

by Gloria Davies, Geremie R. Barme (Contribution by), Chen Fong-ching (Contribution by), Jin Guantao (Contribution by), Liu Dong (Contribution by)
 

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Opening a new window into Chinese intellectual discourse, this unique book is a critical engagement with the issues, problems, and meanings of contemporary Chinese intellectual thought. As key participants in these debates who have exercised a significant influence on the development of contemporary Chinese thought, the volume's contributors explore concerns over

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Opening a new window into Chinese intellectual discourse, this unique book is a critical engagement with the issues, problems, and meanings of contemporary Chinese intellectual thought. As key participants in these debates who have exercised a significant influence on the development of contemporary Chinese thought, the volume's contributors explore concerns over the role of the intellectual and the outcomes of knowledge production in the humanities. Masterfully translated, these essays provide a wide range of conflicting perspectives on contemporary Chinese intellectuality, yet they share in common the belief held by many Chinese intellectuals in the power of intellectual labor to shape and change social life. By showing how Western social and cultural theory as well as the May Fourth and pre-modern Confucian traditions are being adapted for contemporary Chinese intellectual use, the book highlights how Chinese academics have affirmed an independent critical role for themselves in post-Mao China and the scope of the knowledge industry that they have created and developed since 1979.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
[Voicing Concern] raises large and important theoretical issues concerning and concerned with cultural and intellectual production. It is an engaging read and this significant collection will be of great value to scholars of modern China.
Asian Studies Review
A welcome addition to the growing corpus of translations from contemporary Chinese discussions of culture and society. The volume should be useful not only to cultural studies scholars but for teaching purposes.
The China Journal
Allows readers, in this era of economic globalization, access to some of the dimensions of current worldwide intellectual debates as they get played out in China.
Journal Of Asian Studies
[Voicing Concern] raises large and important theoretical issues concerning and concerned with cultural and intellectual production. It is an engaging read and this significant collection will be of great value to scholars of modern China.
CHOICE
This collection of translations represents a valiant attempt to help Western readers peek into China's diverse, if not confusing, intellectual life during the 1990s. Unlike the preceding decade, the 1990s have not yet attracted much scholarly attention in the West.
Booknews
Eleven essays by scholars of Chinese literature, culture, and politics describe the current state of Chinese critical inquiry, surveying recent Chinese intellectual culture, with attention to popular culture and Chinese models of intellectuality. The role of western literary theory, the influence of the New Confucianism, and the place of scientism and social theory in modern Chinese thought are all covered. The study of history is given particular scrutiny, with consideration to the theory of ultrastable systems, the relationship between patriotism and intellectual curiosity, the interplay of past and future, and the tensions between liberalism and the new left. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Choice
This collection of translations represents a valiant attempt to help Western readers peek into China's diverse, if not confusing, intellectual life during the 1990s. Unlike the preceding decade, the 1990s have not yet attracted much scholarly attention in the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742509344
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/2001
Series:
Asian Voices Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Gloria Davies is senior lecturer in Chinese at Monash University.

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