The Rise of Confucian Citizens in China Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Explorations
This book explores the relationship between Confucianism and citizenship and the rise of Confucian citizens in contemporary China.
Combining theoretical and empirical approaches to the topic, the book constructs new frameworks to examine the nuances and complexities of Confucianism and citizenship, exploring the process of citizen-making through Confucian education. By re-evaluating the concept of citizenship as a Western construct and therefore challenging the popular characterization of Confucianism and citizenship as incompatible, this book posits that a new type of citizen, the Confucian citizen, is on the rise in 21st-century China.
The book’s clear, accessible style makes it essential reading for students and scholars interested in citizenship, Confucianism and Chinese studies, and those with an interest in religion and philosophy more generally.
Introduction: Chinese citizenship, Confucianism, and the Confucian education revival Part 1: Confucianism and Citizenship revisited: Theoretical Reflections 1. Confucianism and Citizenship: A Review of Opposing Conceptualizations 2. Civic Politics and Moral Cultivation: Comparing Confucian Junzi with Modern Citizens 3. Towards the Junzi-Style Citizen: Moralizing Citizens Through Confucianism Part 2: Cultivating the Confucian Citizen: Empirical Explorations 4. Confucian Identity, Rights, Righteousness, and Acts of Citizenship: Examining Civic Elements in Confucian Activists’ Engagement in Dujing (Classics Reading) Education 5. Discursive, Practical, and Institutional Paradoxes: Cultivating Students to Become Confucian Cultural Citizens Through Reading the Classics 6. Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Educating the Cosmopolitan Citizen in Confucian Education
The Rise of Confucian Citizens in China explores key questions: How have Confucianism and citizenship, which are often perceived as contrasting traditions, coexisted in China over the past century? What new insights have emerged from their coexistence? This work offers persuasive answers, exploring the extent of compatibility between Confucianism and citizenship, the mechanisms facilitating this compatibility, and the outcomes of their integration. It not only provides fresh perspectives for the study of China’s politics, but also introduces novel considerations for the broader examination of citizenship."
Zhonghua Guo, Professor of Political Science at Nanjing University, China.
"Confucianism, with its emphasis on responsibilities rather than rights, seems to be incompatible with citizenship. This thought-provoking book argues otherwise. At the level of theory, Confucian ideals can enrich the concept of citizenship and Confucian-style education in China shows how this might be done in practice."
Daniel A. Bell, Chair Professor of Political Theory at the University of Hong Kong.