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The Rise of Confucian Citizens in China
Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Explorations

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ISBN 9781032380926
July 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Canglong Wang is a Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Hull, UK. His research extensively explores the cultural, social, and political implications of the revival of Confucian education in contemporary China. He has a persistent research interest in the topic of Confucianism and citizenship in China.