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The Meaning of Citizenship in Contemporary Chinese Society


The Meaning of Citizenship in Contemporary Chinese Society

An Empirical Study through Western Lens
Governance and Citizenship in Asia

von: Sicong Chen

Fr. 99.00

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.09.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9789811063237
Sprache: englisch

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This book is a direct and empirical response to the mounting official interest in citizenship education, increasing dynamics between state and society, and growing citizenship awareness and practice in society in contemporary China. Placing the focus on society, the book investigates the meaning of the Chinese term gongmin – equivalent to ‘citizen’ – in non-official media discourses and in university students’ and migrant workers’ perceptions, through the constructed analytical lens of Western citizenship conception. By laying out the complex details of how the meaning of the term resembles and deviates in and between collective social discourses and individual citizens’ understandings with reference to state discourses, the book makes clear that there is discrepancy in the meaning of gongmin between state and society and that the meaning varies in contemporary Chinese society. Cutting across multiple topics, this book is a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in Chinese citizenship, East-West citizenship, citizenship education, the media, university students and migrant workers in China.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Citizenship, Education, East and West.- Part I The Western Lens and the State Factor.- Chapter 2 Evolving Citizenship Conception in the West.- Chapter 3 Citizenship and the State in Contemporary China.- Part II The Meaning of Gongmin in Society.- Chapter 4 Gongmin as Identity.- Chapter 5 Rights and Responsibilities of Gongmin.- Chapter 6 Gongmin and Participation.- Chapter 7 From Gongmin to Citizenship and Citizenship Education.- Chapter 8 Conclusion: Possible Change, Necessary Work.
Sicong Chen is a lecturer at Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University, Japan. He holds a BA in Chinese Han Language and Literature from Jinan University (Guangzhou, China), an MA in Citizenship and Global Education from the University of York (York, UK) and a PhD in Human Sciences from Osaka University (Osaka, Japan). His research keywords are East-West citizenship, global citizenship, and citizenship education.
This book is a direct and empirical response to the mounting official interest in citizenship education, increasing dynamics between state and society, and growing citizenship awareness and practice in society in contemporary China. Placing the focus on society, the book investigates the meaning of the Chinese term gongmin – equivalent to ‘citizen’ – in non-official media discourses and in university students’ and migrant workers’ perceptions, through the constructed analytical lens of Western citizenship conception. By laying out the complex details of how the meaning of the term resembles and deviates in and between collective social discourses and individual citizens’ understandings with reference to state discourses, the book makes clear that there is discrepancy in the meaning of gongmin between state and society and that the meaning varies in contemporary Chinese society.Cutting across multiple topics, this book is a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in Chinese citizenship, East-West citizenship, citizenship education, the media, university students and migrant workers in China.
Shows a detailed and complex picture of the meaning of citizenship in Chinese society in the early twenty-first centuryBrings together the topics of Chinese media, university students and migrant workersConstructs Western citizenship conception as an analytical lensConnects citizenship conceptions in the East and West Discusses and promotes citizenship education in China