Whither China?: Intellectual Politics in Contemporary China

Whither China?: Intellectual Politics in Contemporary China

by Xudong Zhang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822326485

ISBN-13: 9780822326489

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Whither China? presents an in-depth and wide-angled picture of Chinese intellectual life during the last decade of the millennium, as China struggled to move beyond the shadow of the Tiananmen tragedy. Because many cultural and intellectual paradigms of the previous decade were left in ruins by that event, Chinese intellectuals were forced in the early 1990s

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Whither China? presents an in-depth and wide-angled picture of Chinese intellectual life during the last decade of the millennium, as China struggled to move beyond the shadow of the Tiananmen tragedy. Because many cultural and intellectual paradigms of the previous decade were left in ruins by that event, Chinese intellectuals were forced in the early 1990s to search for new analytical and critical frameworks. Soon, however, they found themselves engulfed by tidal waves of globalization, surrounded by a new social landscape marked by unabashed commodification, and stunned by a drastically reconfigured socialist state infrastructure.
The contributors to Whither China? describe how, instead of spearheading the popular-mandated and state-sanctioned project of modernization, intellectuals now find themselves caught amid rapidly changing structures of economic, social, political, and cultural relations that are both global in nature and local in an irreducibly political sense. Individual essays interrogate the space of Chinese intellectual production today, lay out the issues at stake, and cover major debates and discursive interventions from the 1990s. Those who write within the Chinese context are joined by Western observers of contemporary Chinese cultural and intellectual life. Together, these two groups undertake a truly international intellectual struggle not only to interpret but to change the world.

Contributors. Rey Chow, Zhiyuan Cui, Michael Dutton, Gan Yang, Harry Harootunian, Peter Hitchcock, Rebecca Karl, Louisa Schein, Wang Hui, Wang Shaoguang, Xudong Zhang

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822326489
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Science and Cultural Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
523,220
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Making of the Post-Tiananmen Intellectual Field: A Critical Overview1
2Debating Liberalism and Democracy in China in the 1990s79
3Whither China? The Discourse on Property Rights Reform in China103
4The Changing Role of Government in China123
5Contemporary Chinese Thought and the Question of Modernity161
6King Kong in Hong Kong: Watching the "Handover" from the U.S.A.211
7The Burdens of History: Lin Zexu (1959) and The Opium War (1997)229
8Mao to the Market263
9Chinese Consumerism and the Politics of Envy: Cargo in the 1990s?285
10Nationalism, Mass Culture, and Intellectual Strategies in Post-Tiananmen China315
11Street Scenes of Subalternity: China, Globalization, and Rights349
AppIn the Tiger's Lair: Socialist Everydayness Enters the Market Economy in Post-Mao China371
Contributors383
Index385

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