Irony, Cynicism and the Chinese State
This volume explores irony and cynicism as part of the social life of local communities in China, and specifically in relation to the contemporary Chinese state. It collects ethnographies of irony and cynicism in social action, written by a group of anthropologists who specialise in China. They use the lenses of irony and cynicism - broadly defined to include resignation, resistance, humour, ambiguity and dialogue - to look anew at the social, political and moral contradictions faced by Chinese people. The various contributions are concerned with both the interpretation of intentions in everyday social action and discourse, and the broader theoretical consequences of such interpretations for an understanding of the Chinese state.
As a study of irony and cynicism in modern China and their implications on the social and political aspects of everyday life, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of social and cultural anthropology, Chinese culture and society, and Chinese politics.
- Hardback | 194 pages
- 159 x 235 x 17.78mm | 431g
- 26 Nov 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
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01 Sep 2017
15 Apr 2016
25 Jul 2011
08 Apr 2010
07 Mar 2018
01 Jun 2016
03 Jan 2018
13 Oct 2017
07 Apr 2011
31 Oct 2013
01 Aug 2011
11 Oct 2013
21 Nov 2013
Table of contents
Tan Chee-Beng, Sun Yat-sen University, China, Asian Anthropology
"This is an excellent collection, not because it has answered all the questions it poses, but because it provides another necessary angle for us to think about ourselves in relation to that which is conveniently called "China," a world in which we find not only a past but also future potentials for investigations. An inquiry about today's China, therefore, has become a study of our own future possibilities."
Xin Liu, Anthropos Reviews
"In summary, the ethnographic details in the individual chapters make this collection a valuable addition to any course covering aspects of modern China."
DAVID KURT HEROLD, The China Quarterly
"For those familiar with the complex paradoxes of life in contemporary China, this is an exquisite collection of essays. It provides concrete fieldwork experiences as a framework to delve into a very central aspect of Chinese culture that few have dared to explore. It clearly and concisely grapples with these slippery topics and does so with admirable insight and finesse."
MARC L. MOSKOWITZ, University of South Carolina, European Association of Social Anthropologists
"The chapters in this books enable us to see the different dimensions in which Chinese people have tested the waters... Overall this is a timely book that is worth reading...'
Tan Chee-Beng, Sun Yat-sen Univeristy, China, Asian Anthropology
About Susanne Brandtstadter
Susanne Brandtstadter is a China anthropologist and Chair of the Anthropology of Globalization at the University of Cologne, Germany. She is the author of Falsificaciones, Derechos y Protestas (2015) and co-editor of Rights, Cultures, Subjects and Citizens (Routledge 2013).