Lies That Bind Chinese Truths, Other Truths
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Deception and Truth|
|Truth, Lying, and Deception: Blum's Maxims for China|
|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|
|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|
|About the Author|