The Meaning of Citizenship in Contemporary Chinese Society

An Empirical Study through Western Lens

  • Sicong Chen

Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Western Lens and the State Factor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  3. The Meaning of Gongmin in Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Sicong Chen
      Pages 77-97
    3. Sicong Chen
      Pages 99-117
    4. Sicong Chen
      Pages 119-132
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-162

About this book


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 r
esearchers interested in Chinese citizenship, East-West citizenship, citizenship education, the media, university students and migrant workers in China.


Chinese University Students Chinese migrant workers Citizenship in China Contemporary China citizenship education state-society relation

Authors and affiliations

  • Sicong Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6321-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6323-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-6255
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-6263
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