Social Attitudes in Contemporary China

Author:   Paul Morrissey ,  Chen Yu ,  Fang Wei ,  Liqing Li
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781138910690


Pages:   202
Publication Date:   15 February 2016
Format:   Hardback
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Social Attitudes in Contemporary China


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Unlike many studies of social attitudes, which are based on large scale quantitative surveys, or which focus on the attitude of elites, this book considers the views of ordinary people, and is based on in-depth, qualitative interviews. This approach results in rich, nuanced data, and is especially helpful for highlighting ambivalent attitudes, where respondents may hold positive and negative views on a particular topic, views which are liable to change. The book examines attitudes on a range of subjects of current importance, including views on nationalism and internationalism, housing preferences, and educational ambitions. Throughout, the book explores how far attitudes are influenced by traditional Chinese values or by the neo-liberal outlook fostered by recent reforms, and concludes that materialism and individualism have increased.

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Author:   Paul Morrissey ,  Chen Yu ,  Fang Wei ,  Liqing Li
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Dimensions:   Width: 15.90cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781138910690


ISBN 10:   1138910694
Pages:   202
Publication Date:   15 February 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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In this readable overview of the single child generation's attitudes toward social change in present-day Beijing, the authors individually focus on separate topics that range from higher education, housing, and attitudes toward nationalism to the rural-urban divide over the use of digital technologies. The Chinese authors use in-depth case studies that highlight the most recent cultural trends in Beijing society. The book is at its best when the authors discuss rural and urban cultural differences as well as seek to understand some of the current social changes as being more in line with historical trends. Especially notable chapters discuss ambivalence as it pertains to youth attitudes toward online friendships and attitudes renters have toward renting and the fickleness of landlords. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. W. R. Jankowiak, University of Nevada, Las Vegas - CHOICE


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Yu Chen is a researcher at Shaan'xi Provincial Institution of Educational and Scientific Research, China. Wei Fang is a researcher at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Liqing Li is a freelance researcher and writer, formally of the University of Bristol, UK. Paul Morrissey is a freelance researcher and writer, formally of the University of Bristol, UK. Chen Nie is a lecturer and researcher at Beihang University, Beijing, China.

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