Foreword: Varieties of individualization / Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
Introduction: Conflicting images of the individual and contested process of individualization / Yunxiang Yan
Idealizing individual choice: work, love and family in the eyes of young, rural Chinese / Mette Halskov Hansen and Cuiming Pang
He is he and I am I: individual and collective among China's elderly / Sig Thoegersen and Ni Anru
Individualization and the political agency of private business people in China / Joergen Delman and Yin Ziaoqing
A collective of their own: young volunteers at the fringes of the party realm / Unn Malfrid H. Rolandsen
Between self and community: the individual in contemporary Chinese literature / Anne Wedell-Wedellsborg
Individual self-discipline and collective freedom in the minds of Chinese intellectuals / Rune Svarverud
'Friendly pressure': law and the individual in modern China / Klaus Muhlhahn
Collective symbols and individual options: life on a state farm for returned overseas Chinese after decollectivization / Li Minghuan.
In spite of the intense preoccupation with individual and self in modern Western thought, the social sciences have tended to focus on groups and collectives and downplay the individual. This implicit view has also coloured the study of social life in China where both Confucian ethics and Communist policies have shaped collective structures with little room for individual agency and choice. What is actually happening, however, is a growing individualization of China - not only changing perceptions of the individual but also rising expectations for individual freedom, choice and individuality. The individual has also become a basic social category in China, and a development has begun that permeates all areas of social, economic and political life. How this process evolves in a state and society lacking two of the defining characteristics of European individualization - a culturally embedded democracy and a welfare system - is one of the questions that the volume explores. A strength of this volume is that its authors succeed in depicting the individualization process in conceptually acute and empirically sensitive terms, and as something with its own distinctively Chinese profile. That makes this book a 'must read' for all those wanting to understand present-day Chinese society, with all of its ambivalences, contingencies and contradictions. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xvii, 170 pages) : illustrations.
1. Social Categories Under Tibetan and Chinese Rule
2. Expressions of Rank in Daily Life
4. Keepers of Cultural Knowledge
5. The Value of Inherited Knowledge
6. Morality and Rank: Self-presentation in Contemporary Lhasa.
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This study explores how Tibetans manoeuvre within two contradictory value systems - those of old Tibet and the new People's Republic of China - balancing between ideals and pragmatism. More specifically, it asks how it is that the social categories of pre-communist Lhasa persist and are relevant in daily life despite decades of Chinese rule and the comprehensive restructuring of Tibetan society. (source: Nielsen Book Data)