The Politics of Affective Relations

The Politics of Affective Relations : East Asia and Beyond

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In The Politics of Affective Relations, editors Daniel Bell and Hahm Chaihark refine our understanding of the East Asian conception of the self by examining how that conception was formulated, reproduced, and utilized throughout history. By bringing together a collection of articles authored by experts in a variety of academic disciplines, Bell and Hahm scrutinize how the East Asian emphasis on 'relationality' manifests itself in various real-life settings such as the family, the economy, politics, and the legal system. This volume will provide readers with a broader perspective on and a deeper appreciation for the pervasive nature of 'relationality' in East Asia.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073910800X
  • 9780739108000

Table of contents

1 Introduction: The Politics of Affective Relations in East Asia 2 Part I:Toward a Political Theory of Affective Relations 3 Confucian Perspectives on Pluralism, Gender Equality, and the Family 4 Confucianism and the Public Sphere: Five Relationships Plus One? 5 Exploring the Non-familial in Confucian Political Philosophy 6 Is a Confucian Family-Oriented Civil Society Possible? 7 The Personal is Political: Confucianism and Liberal Feminism 8 Part II:Probing the History of Affective Relations 9 Selected Confucian Networks and Values in Society and the Economy 10 The Political Ambiguity of Voluntary Associations: Chinese Forms of Civic Possibility, Past and Present 11 Rethinking Civil Society in China: An Interpretative Approach 12 Democracy in Korea and the Myth of Civil Society 13 Part III: Locating Affective Relations in Institutional Contexts 14 From Relations to Rules: A Theoretical Explanation and Empirical Evidence 15 Social Networks, Electronic Commerce and Economic Liberalization in China 16 Social Networks, Civil Society, Democracy and Rule of Law: A New Conceptual Framework 17 Negotiating Confucian Civility Through Constitutional Discourse
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Review quote

This book brings the study of Confucian values fully into current-day social science scholarship.It draws on the appropriate disciplinary studies, examines long-term change in Chinese and Korean societies through solid evidence, and refrains from both idealizing East Asian ways and assuming that they are disappearing in favor of Western practices. More than other sources, it explains how and why approaches to human relations in this region continue to have distinctive features. -- Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University
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About Hahm Chiahark

Daniel A. Bell is Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong. Hahm Chaihark is Chair Professor of Korean Studies Program at Yonsei University.
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