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Author Veg, Sebastian, author
Title Minjian : the rise of China's grassroots intellectuals / Sebastian Veg
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
book jacket
 Modern History Library  305.5520951 V422    DUE 10-20-21    30550100658192
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DS779.23 V422 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001328822
 人文社會聯圖  DS779.23 .V44 2019    AVAILABLE    30650020087173
Descript ix, 352 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Global Chinese culture
Global Chinese culture
Note "Veg argues that a new type of intellectual appeared in post-Tiananmen China. Breaking with the universalist, enlightenment paradigm of the 1980s, as well as with the older, traditional figure of the advising and dissenting literati, intellectuals who came of age in the 1990s no longer indulged as frequently in sweeping discourses about culture, the nation, or democracy. Their legitimacy derived from their work with "vulnerable groups," and their shared experience with marginal realms of society. These "grassroots intellectuals" are not simply activists, however. They engage in a public discourse that relies on their specific knowledge, relying on the embryonic and always endangered public sphere that has appeared in China during this time. Moreover, they define themselves as separate both from the state and from the market, positing instead a third sector of activity"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-333) and index
Grassroots intellectuals: theoretical and historical perspectives -- Wang Xiaobo and the silent majority: redefining the role of intellectuals after Tiananmen -- Minjian historians of the Mao era: commemorating, documenting, debating -- Investigating and transforming society from the margins: the rise and fall of independent cinema -- Professionals at the grassroots: rights lawyers, academics, and petitioners -- Journalists, bloggers, and a new public culture
Subject China -- Intellectual life -- 1976-
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