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Individuality, Hierarchy, and Dilemma: the Making of Confucian Cultural Citizenship in a Contemporary Chinese Classical School

Wang, Canglong

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Is Confucianism compatible with citizenship? If yes, how? Cultural transformation in recent citizenship studies provides a theoretical junction to bring the two concepts together. In terms of cultural citizenship, this paper explores the making of Confucian cultural citizens by analyzing students’ discourses in a Chinese Confucian classical school. It reveals (1) the process of moral self-transformation, whereby the individualities are embedded into ethical relations by the extensive readings of classical literature; (2) practically discursive contradictions between individualism and authoritarianism that is based on the notion of a cultural hierarchy; and (3) the institutional predicament in striving for the recognition of cultural citizenship by the state and society. Finally, it concludes that the dilemmas in discourses and status are part of the contradictions in the overall Chinese party-state’s management of individualization.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-12
Journal Journal of Chinese Political Science
Print ISSN 1080-6954
Electronic ISSN 1874-6357
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 4
Pages 435-452
APA6 Citation Wang, C. (2016). Individuality, Hierarchy, and Dilemma: the Making of Confucian Cultural Citizenship in a Contemporary Chinese Classical School. Journal of Chinese Political Science, 21(4), 435-452. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-016-9436-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-016-9436-9
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11366-016-9436-9

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