In today’s China, social and moral deterioration, feasting and materialistic people everywhere. The author from a sociologist perspective and her own personal experiences by living socialist ideology revolution, reform and transnational period, with problem awareness to reflect on Chinese society, to find what Chinese traditional culture has been lost in in Contemporary China? To explore what kind of social changes happened in after China realised its goal of modennization? To recover what are the operating mechanism of China’s social system? What kind of value system needs to maintain the mechanism of contemporary China’s social system?
Book title: What Has Been Lost in Contemporary China?
Book series: Transcultural experiences with ‘three eyes’ Vol. I
Numbers of page: 210
Publisher: London: Global China Press
Publishing date: 2 November 2015
Product Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm
ISBN: Hardcover: 978-1-910334-17-1
Price: Hardcover: £49.99
About the Author
Chen Lixing: Professor of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. She is the first Chinese citizens who obtained PhD in sociology in Japan from the People’s Republic of China. After served as researcher at the United Nations Regional Development Center (UNCRD) she returned to academia, and became the first professor of Chinese nationality, even served as president of the Japan-China Sociological Society (JCSS) in Japan. She led many major research projects, for example, ‘Comparative Studies on the New Migrants from BRIC counties in America, Australia, Japan and the UK’. She published more than 40 articles and 9 books in Japanese, English and Chinese.
Over the past 500 years, the contacts and exchanges between China and the West are more and more intensive, but the depth of their mutual understanding is still subject to the limitations of various factors. Due to differences in history, culture and ideological confrontation, there are still misunderstandings and even prejudices against each other. The rapid development of China after the implement of reform and opening up policy nearly four decades ago, it has attracted worldwide attention and expectation of China to take its share of responsibilities and obligations in all areas of international affairs. In the past few decades, the global society has undergone modernization, post-modernization, modernity, post-modernity, multi-modernity, globalization, and post globalization. We believe that the concept of transculturality, related to but distinct from cross-, inter- and multi-culturality, can become mainstream discourse in the near future. It could help us to abandon previous prejudices, re-examine each other objectively and rationally.
What Has Been Lost in Contemporary China? (in Chinese) is the first book of the ‘Transcultural experiences with “three eyes” book series’. It focuses on contemporary China since the 20th century. After a half century of humiliation by Western powers, followed by the inmost soul is cleaned by the socialist revolution, and the impact of globalization of the market economy over the past 30 years, China achieved its goals of modernizations and entered the G2 the ranks of the great powers with the “wounded Chinese culture”. In today’s China, social and moral deterioration, feasting and materialistic people everywhere. The author from a sociologist perspective and her own personal experiences by living socialist ideology revolution, reform and transnational period, with problem awareness to reflect on Chinese society, to find what Chinese traditional culture has been lost in in Contemporary China? To explore what kind of social changes happened in after China realised its goal of modennization? To recover what are the operating mechanism of China’s social system? What kind of value system needs to maintain the mechanism of contemporary China’s social system?
About the book series and background
Transcultural experiences with ‘three eyes’ book series is published by Global Chinese Press (GCP) from 2015. GCP is the first publisher focusing on bilingual publications of China, the Chinese and non-Chinese perspectives of China in a global context. It focuses on studies of China in comparative perspective, Chinese perspective of the world or human knowledge, and non-Chinese perspective of China in a global context. This book series id edited by Lixing Chen and Xiangqun Chang jointly. Chen is Professor of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, former researcher of United Nations Regional Development Center (UNCRD), and served as former president of the Japan-China Sociological Society (JCSS)，and member of Organization Committee of the International Sociological Association(ISA). Chang is Director of CCPN Global, Editor of the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), Chief Editor of Global China Press, and Senior Consultant of Global China Unit, UK. She is also Honorary Professor of UCL (University College London); and holder of several Professorships and Senior Fellowships at Peking, Renmin, Fudan and Sun Yat-Sen Universities in China.
内容提要: 近五百年来，中西方之间的接触与交流越来越广泛，但是其相互理解的深度仍受到各种因素的局限。由于历史文化的差异和意识形态的对立，彼此之间仍存在着对对方的误解乃至偏见。中国改革开放近40年的快速发展，吸引了全球的广泛关注与深切期待，中国已经并将继续在国际事务的各个领域承担前所未有的大国责任和义务。在过去的几十年来，全球社会经历了现代化、后现代化、现代性、后现代性、多元现代性、全球化、后全球化等思潮。我们相信一种相关联但又不同于跨文化或多元文化(cross-, inter-, multi-culturality)的“超文化”(transculturality)概念能够在不久的将来成为一种显学并进入主流话语，并且帮助我们摒弃以往的偏见，客观地、理性地、重新认识对方并审视自己。《当代中国失去了什么？》(What has lost in Contemporary China?)是“‘三只眼’超文化系列丛书”的第一辑。它聚焦于20世纪以来的当代中国。经过了近半世纪的西方列强的凌辱、30年灵魂深处的革命、30年全球化市场经济的冲击，中华民族带着遍体鳞伤的文化肌体，实现了向往已久的四个现代化，进入了G2大国的行列。然而，当今社会道德每况愈下，到处灯红酒绿，民众物欲横流。本书作者从社会学家的角度，以自己在社会主义意识形态革命中的经历，改革开放后跨国生活的体验，带着问题意识来反思G2中国社会的现状，与同代人共同反思现代中国中传统文化失去了些什么，是如何失去的？进而在反思的基础上共同探讨如何找回失去的文化精髓，探索实现了现代化以后的中国社会到底发生了什么变化？其社会系统的运作机制是什么？需要什么样的价值系统来来维持当代中国社会系统的机制？
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