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China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society

China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society

  • Title: China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society
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  • ISBN : 9780691136905
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 240 pages


What is it like to be a Westerner teaching political philosophy in an officially Marxist state Why do Chinese sex workers sing karaoke with their customers And why do some Communist Party cadres get promoted if they care for their elderly parents In this entertaining and illuminating book, one of the few Westerners to teach at a Chinese university draws on his personal What is it like to be a Westerner teaching political philosophy in an officially Marxist state Why do Chinese sex workers sing karaoke with their customers And why do some Communist Party cadres get promoted if they care for their elderly parents In this entertaining and illuminating book, one of the few Westerners to teach at a Chinese university draws on his personal experiences to paint an unexpected portrait of a society undergoing faster and sweeping changes than anywhere else on earth With a storyteller s eye for detail, Daniel Bell observes the rituals, routines, and tensions of daily life in China China s New Confucianism makes the case that as the nation retreats from communism, it is embracing a new Confucianism that offers a compelling alternative to Western liberalism.Bell provides an insider s account of Chinese culture and, along the way, debunks a variety of stereotypes He presents the startling argument that Confucian social hierarchy can actually contribute to economic equality in China He covers such diverse social topics as sex, sports, and the treatment of domestic workers He considers the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, wondering whether Chinese overcompetitiveness might be tempered by Confucian civility And he looks at education in China, showing the ways Confucianism impacts his role as a political theorist and teacher.By examining the challenges that arise as China adapts ancient values to contemporary society, China s New Confucianism enriches the dialogue of possibilities available to this rapidly evolving nation


Author Daniel A Bell

Daniel A Bell is Chair Professor of the Schwarzman Scholar Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and director of the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford, has taught in Singapore and Hong Kong, and has held research fellowships at Princeton s University Center for Human Values and Stanford s Center for Advanced Study in the Beha




China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society Reviews (7)

  • Professor Bell managed to take very dry material, and make it dry Not a bad book many thought provoking moments but if you aren t either 1 very interested in Chinese culture and governance or 2 on a 14 hour flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong with nothing else to read, then you re probably not go [..]

  • This book is an unruly attempt to graft quite dry academic writing onto a rather engaging memoir While laudable, it requires utmost patience from the reader. [..]

  • An easy intro to modern Confucianism It has definitely managed to challenge some of my own Western values and beliefs. [..]

  • This was an interesting book I can t say I liked every part of it, but it was a useful and thought provoking read It is written in a style that mixes the academic and the personal, which sometimes made me feel uncertain about what kind of book I was reading, and how to weigh it Having said that, it [..]

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