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Worrying about China The Language of Chinese Critical Inquiry

ISBN-10: 067403225X

ISBN-13: 9780674032255

Edition: 2007

Authors: Gloria Davies

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What can we do about China? This question, couched in pessimism, is often raised in the West but it is nothing new to the Chinese, who have long worried about themselves. In the last two decades since the "opening" of China, Chinese intellectuals have been carrying on in their own ancient tradition of "patriotic worrying."As an intellectual mandate, "worrying about China" carries with it the moral obligation of identifying and solving perceived "Chinese problems"--social, political, cultural, historical, or economic--in order to achieve national perfection. In Worrying about China, Gloria Davies pursues this inquiry through a wide range of contemporary topics, including the changing fortunes of radicalism, the peculiarities of Chinese postmodernism, shifts within official discourse, attempts to revive Confucianism for present-day China, and the historically problematic engagement of Chinese intellectuals with Western ideas.Davies explores the way perfectionism permeates and ultimately propels Chinese intellectual talk to the point that the drive for perfection has created a moralism that condemns those who do not contribute to improving China. Inside the heart of the New China persists ancient moralistic attitudes that remain decidedly nonmodern. And inside the postmodernism of thousands of Chinese scholars and intellectuals dwells a decidedly anti-postmodern quest for absolute certainty.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Worrying about China
Divided over China
Theory and Taxonomy: A Post-Maoist Pursuit of Cultural Integrity
Reasoning after Mao
A Poetics of Inquiry
Notes
Glossary
Index