Collects reflections about how to think about China
Takes us on a whirlwind tour of the questions that China is thinking about today
Presents urban–rural divide, the problems of corruption in development, and the role of the CCP
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Table of contents (34 chapters)
Beijing Interview, March 2018
About this book
Despite China’s rise to the status of global power, many Chinese youths are anxious about their personal future, in large measure because the rapid changes have left them feeling adrift. This book, available in open access, provides a manifesto of intellectual activism that counsels China’s young people to think by themselves and for themselves. Consisting of three conversations between Xiang Biao, a social anthropologist, and Wu Qi, a rising journalist, the book probes how China has reached its current stage and how young people can make changes. The conversations touch on issues of mobility, education, family, relations between the self and the authority, centers and margins, China, and the world. The Chinese version was named the “most impactful book of 2021” by Douban, China’s premier website for rating books, films, and music. The English version is translated by David Ownby, who also penned an introduction.
- Chinese Intellectual Life
- Open Access
Authors and Affiliations
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany
One-way Street Journal, Beijing, China
About the authors
Xiang Biao is a social anthropologist who was born and educated in China and now the director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
Wu Qi is a journalist and an editor of ‘One Way Street,’ a Chinese literary magazine.
David Ownby is a full professor, Department of History, Centre d’études de l’Asie de l’Est, Université de Montréal.
Book Title: Self as Method
Book Subtitle: Thinking Through China and the World
Authors: Biao Xiang, Qi Wu
Translated by: David Ownby
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-4952-4Published: 01 October 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-4955-5Published: 01 October 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-4953-1Published: 30 September 2022
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: VII, 268
Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations