Restless China

ISBN-10: 1442215119
ISBN-13: 9781442215115
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The collapse of socialist ideals in China, which began more than four decades ago, has left Chinese citizens groping for the identity and shared ethical framework that form the essential foundation for civil society. The problem of moral drift has been complicated in recent years by the rise of China on the world scene. The country’s sustained economic growth, the spread of its influence in world trade and diplomacy, the ostentation of the Beijing Olympics and the like, have only sharpened questions like Who are we, really? and What do we really believe in?" For many among China’s non-elite, the spectacular new wealth and power of the party-state and fast-track entrepreneurs have led to frustration, anxiety, and even an inchoate rage over questions of why some people are blocked in their pursuit of happiness while others seem not to be. Aware of such popular resentment, government leaders spend much time and money maintaining stability, and on the whole succeed. But the effort leaves them, like the people whom they rule, nervous and insecure. Exploring the question of what it is to be Chinese in the contemporary era, this unique and engaging book follows this central issue through an innovative set of case studies on such cutting-edge and unexpected topics as reality dating shows, countercultural invented language, star bloggers, faith healers, and subversive jokes.

Acknowledgments
Restless China: An Introduction
Legacies
When Things Go Wrong: Accidents and the Legacy of the Mao Era in Today's China
"The Only Reliability Is That These Guys Aren't Reliable!": The Business Culture of Red Capitalism
Political Humor in Postsocialist China: Transnational and Still Funny
A New Electronic Community
From Grass-Mud Equestrians to Rights-Conscious Citizens: Language and Thought on the Chinese Internet
Han Han and the Public
Are You the One?: The Competing Public Voices of China's Post-1980s Generation
Values
The Sacred and the Holy: Religious Power and Cultural Creativity in China Today
An Invisible Path: "Urban Buddhists" in Beijing and Their Search for Meaning
Chinese Youth: Hot Romance and Cold Calculation
Global Standards
A Collapsing Natural Environment?
Awash in Money and Searching for Excellence: The Restlessness of Chinese Universities
Food Safety and Social Risk in Contemporary China
Index
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