Lies That Bind Chinese Truths, Other Truths

ISBN-10: 0742554058
ISBN-13: 9780742554054
Edition: 2006
Authors: Susan Debra Blum
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This provocative book explores the ideology of truth and deception in China, offering a nuanced perspective on social interaction in different cultural settings. Drawing on decades of fieldwork in China, Susan Blum examines rules, expectations, and beliefs regarding lying and honesty. She argues that public lying is evaluated within Chinese society by culturally specific moral values. Chinese, for example, might emphasize the consequences of speech, Americans the absolute truthfulness. But many Americans also excel in manipulation of language, yet find a simultaneous moral absolutism opposed to lying in any form. Blum considers Japanese and Jewish traditions as well, which similarly struggle to control the boundaries of honesty. Deception and lying, the book concludes, are distinctively cultural yet universal-inseparable from what it is to be a human being equipped with language in all its subtlety.

Preface
Deception and Truth
Truth, Lying, and Deception: Blum's Maxims for China
China Present
Tricks and Traps: Deception and Protective Cleverness
For Their Own Good: Benevolent Deception and Flattery
State Secrets and Fakes: The True, the Real, the Transparent, and the Squelched
Longing for Honesty
China Past
Crooked and Straight: Right Action and Strategy in Premodern China
A Social Theory of Truth: Language in Revolutionary China
Humanity and Language
Truth and Deception across Time and Space
Knowing How to Play with Words and Minds
Appendix: Theoretical Foundations and Implications
References
Index
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