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Lecture: China’s Fragmented Modernity
22. Apr 2022 @ 12:00 - 14:00
China’s Fragmented Modernity
Kai Vogelsang, Universität Hamburg
April 22, 2022, 12:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
On Campus: KWZ 0.610 (Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14, 37073 Göttingen)
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When modern concepts and institutions entered China in the early 20th century, they met a society which was quite unlike its European and American counterparts. While functional differentiation, especially in the cities, did make its appearance, Chinese society was still characterized by a fragmentary substructure made up of so many families, lineages, and personal networks. This paper will introduce the concept of segmentary society and present some preliminary thoughts on how this social structure affected the formation of Chinese modernity: the concepts of a public vs. private sphere, the individual, social classes, and others.
Asia-Africa- Institute, Department for Chinese Language and Culture, University of Hamburg
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen
Academic Confucius Institute, University of Göttingen
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