Language and Social Change in China

Undoing Commonness through Cosmopolitan Mandarin

Author: Qing Zhang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134610564

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

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Language and Social Change in China: Undoing Commonness through Cosmopolitan Mandarin offers an innovative and authoritative account of the crucial role of language in shaping the sociocultural landscape of contemporary China. Based on a wide range of data collected since the 1990s and grounded in quantitative and discourse analyses of sociolinguistic variation, Qing Zhang tracks the emergence of what she terms “Cosmopolitan Mandarin” as a new stylistic resource for a rising urban elite and a new middle-class consumption-based lifestyle. The book powerfully illuminates that Cosmopolitan Mandarin participates in dismantling the pre-reform, socialist, conformist society by bringing about new social distinctions. Rich in cultural and linguistic details, the book is the first of its kind to highlight the implications of language change on the social order and cultural life of contemporary China. Language and Social Change in China is ideal for students and scholars interested in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, and Chinese language and society.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Aspiring to Be Global

Language and Social Change in a Tourism Village in China

Author: Shuang Gao

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781788922753


Page: 184

View: 6623

This book makes a novel contribution to the sociolinguistics of globalization by examining the dynamics between language and social change in the tourism destination of West Street, Yangshuo, China. The author makes use of multiple sources, including ethnographic interviews, tourist literature, public signage and policy documents, to examine how tourist mobilities are embedded in and interact with historical, geographical, social, cultural, economic and semiotic factors in the creation of a 'global village'. The transformation of West Street is emblematic of changes in Chinese society under globalization, revealing new subjectivities, tensions and struggles inherent in this ongoing process of social change.
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Contemporary Chinese Discourse and Social Practice in China

Author: Linda Tsung,Wei Wang

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027268118

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 223

View: 1539

Significant socio-political changes in China have had great impact on Chinese discourse. Changes to the discourse have become an increasing focus of scholarship. This book examines contemporary Chinese discourse and social practice in China with a focus on the role that language plays in the on-going transformation of Chinese society. With a view to producing new insights into the interdependence between discourse and social practice, this volume explores how discourse has been changing in a context-dependent way; how social practice can lead to shifts in the use of discourse; and how identities and attitudes are constructed through language use. Largely based on empirical studies, this book indicates that Chinese discourse has not only been an integral part of social change, but also Chinese discourse itself is changing, reflecting ideologies, values, attitudes, identities and social practice. The book is a great resource for scholars in diverse disciplinary studies including linguistics, communication, education, media and political studies concerning contemporary China.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Education and Social Change in China: Inequality in a Market Economy

Author: Gerard A. Postiglione

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317472330

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 2373

Market reform, financial decentralization, and economic globalization have greatly accentuated China's social and regional inequalities. Education is expected to address these inequalities in a context of rapid social change, including the rise of an urban middle class, changed status of women, resurgence of ethnic identities, growing rural to urban migration, and lingering poverty in remote areas. But some argue that state policies have not sufficiently addressed inequitable practices, and that schools actually perpetuate and reproduce inequities, giving rise to a new system of social stratification driven more by market forces than socialist principles. Featuring all original, previously unpublished material, this volume examines this argument through analysis of selected aspects of educational stratification in China during the reform era. Chapters focus on the new urban middle class, poor rural residents, the migrant population in urban areas, rural girls, and ethnic minorities. The contributors are established scholars in the field, and they build a conceptual framework for assessing the degree to which China's educational reforms are inclusive, equitable, and integrative across social categories and groups.
Posted in Business & Economics

Thirty Years of Reform and Social Changes in China

Author: Qiang Li

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004187162

Category: Social Science

Page: 499

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Thirty Years of Reform and Social Changes in China is translated from the original Chinese to provide a look into how scholars in China have been assessing their country's recent societal and political history. This volume and the others in the SSRC series, provide western scholars with an accessible English language look at the state of current scholarship in China on the interplay of the country's political and economic reforms with the society and daily life of its people.
Posted in Social Science

Economic Development and Social Change in the People’s Republic of China

Author: W. Kraus

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 146125728X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 3761

It is a pleasant task to welcome the appearance of the American edition of Professor Willy Kraus' valuable work on the economic and social development of the People's Republic of China, first published in German in 1979. The book has been updated in the light of the events that have occurred since the original publication and incorporates the latest statistical information made available by the Chinese authorities with unaccus tomed liberality. The American edition, like its German predecessor, is a monumental achievement of scholarship, attractively presented. In its comprehensiveness, insight, professionalism and wisdom it ranks among the best studies of the subject. It will add to the knowledge of the specialist, and help the interested layman find his way through the complexities of contemporary China's socioeconomic system. Professor Kraus' work is a most timely and welcome addition to a better and more thorough understanding of an absorbing and important subject. June 1982 Jan S. Prybyla Professor of Economics The Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania Preface This book deals with China's development policies. It is based on the original German edition (1979), "Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung und sozialer Wandel in der Volksrepublik China," but is not merely a translation of the German original. The rapid changes in Chinese policy within the last two years, together with a sudden deluge of official data on economic and social developments in the People's Republic of China, have called for a basic and comprehensive revision of text and statistics.
Posted in Business & Economics

School Music Education and Social Change in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Author: Wai-chung Ho

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004189173

Category: Psychology

Page: 258

View: 9604

This book compares, from a historical and sociopolitical perspective, the respective systems and contents of music education in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in response to globalization, localization and Sinificiation, with particular reference to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.
Posted in Psychology

Chinese Under Globalization

Emerging Trends in Language Use in China

Author: Jin Liu,Hongyin Tao

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814458740

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 1558

As China experiences tremendous economic and social transformation in the reform years, language use in China has also undergone remarkable changes in the past couple decades: the national obsession with learning the global English, which becomes both a resource for modernization and a source of contention; the expanding use of local languages and dialects in mass media, where standard Mandarin is promoted and legally prescribed as the principal language; the emergence of the Internet language that has become a creative source for constructing a distinct youth identity; the Cantonese writing movement that challenges the hegemony of the Chinese writing system, which is traditionally based on northern Mandarin, to name a few. The nine papers collected in this volume examine recent trends in language use in mainland China, and the associated social, economic, political, and cultural manifestations. Drawing on their backgrounds and expertise in sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and cultural studies, the authors offer interdisciplinary, insightful, and critical analysis of linguistic struggles and linguistic politics in contemporary China. As such, the carefully presented details of emerging language use in this book will be of value to scholars interested in language and culture in contemporary China. It may be used as a supplementary text for students in Chinese (socio-)linguistics, Chinese language, Chinese cultural studies, Chinese anthropology, Chinese sociology, and Chinese studies in general. Contents:Synchronic Variation or Diachronic Change: A Sociolinguistic Study of Chinese Internet Language (Liwei Gao)The Metaphorical World of Chinese Online Entertainment News (Chong Han)The Use of Chinese Dialects on the Internet: Youth Language and Local Youth Identity in Urban China (Jin Liu)“My Turf, I Decide”: Linguistic Circulation in the Emergence of a Chinese Youth Culture (Qing Zhang and Chen-Chun E)Chinese Via English: A Case Study of “Lettered-Words” As a Way of Integration into Global Communication (Ksenia Kozha)Learning English to Promote Chinese — A Study of Li Yang's Crazy English (Amber R Woodward)More than Errors and Embarrassment: New Approaches to Chinglish (Oliver Radtke)Writing Cantonese as Everyday Lifestyle in Guangzhou (Canton City) (Jing Yan)Negotiating Linguistic Identities Under Globalization: Language Use in Contemporary China (Jin Liu and Hongyin Tao) Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students, academics, professionals and general readers interested in new trends in language use in China, internet language, youth language, Chinese society and Chinese culture. Keywords:Globalization;Chinese;Language Use;Language and Culture;Sociolinguistics;Language Change;Internet Language;New Media;EmergenceKey Features:The first volume of its kind to present a scholarly, panoramic view of recent trends in language use in ChinaMost updated and socio-culturally informed study on many interesting topics including the emerging Chinese Internet language, youth language, resurgence of local dialects, Chinglish, codemixing, Li Yang's Crazy English, and moreThe interdisciplinary nature of this volume, as the contributors are from a variety of disciplines such as sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and cultural studies
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

The Great Transition

Political and Social Change in the Republic of China

Author: Hung-mao Tien

Publisher: Hoover Inst Press

ISBN: 9780817987824

Category: Political Science

Page: 324

View: 9255

Posted in Political Science

Youth Culture in Chinese Language Film

Author: Xuelin Zhou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131719411X

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 765

This book explores the vigorous film cultures of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong from the perspective of youth culture. The book relates this important topic to the wider social, cultural, and institutional context, and discusses the relationship between the films and the changes that today are transforming each society. Among the areas explored are the differences between the three film industries, their creation of new types of screen hero and heroine, and their conflicts with traditional Chinese attitudes such as respect for age. The many films discussed provide fresh perspectives on the ways in which young people are coping with gender, sexuality, class, coming of age, the pressures of education, and major social shifts such as rural to urban migration. They show young adults in each society striving to construct new value systems for a complex, rapidly changing environment.
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The Politics of Language in Chinese Education

1895 - 1919

Author: Elisabeth Kaske

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004163670

Category: Social Science

Page: 537

View: 6352

Viewing education as the central battleground over the status of language, this book investigates the language policies of various social agents in early 20th century China and offers a comprehensive and fascinating analysis of the emergence of China's national language.
Posted in Social Science

Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change

Author: Lauran R. Hartley,Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822342779

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 382

View: 3557

The first systematic and detailed overview of modern Tibetan literature.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Political and Social Change in China Since 1978

Author: Charles Burton

Publisher: Praeger


Category: Political Science

Page: 215

View: 5884

Burton contends that demands for the reform of China's system of economic organization were the direct result of the failure of the Party's post-revolutionary political agenda and that subsequent economic improvements led to calls for modernization of the nation's structure of political authority.
Posted in Political Science

The Cambridge History of China: Volume 5, Sung China, 960–1279 AD

Author: John W. Chaffee,Denis Twitchett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316239519

Category: History

Page: N.A

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This is the second of two volumes on the Sung Dynasty, which together provide a comprehensive history of China from the fall of the T'ang Dynasty in 907 to the Mongol conquest of the Southern Sung in 1279. With contributions from leading historians in the field, Volume 5, Part Two paints a complex portrait of a dynasty beset by problems and contradictions, but one which, despite its military and geopolitical weakness, was nevertheless economically powerful, culturally brilliant, socially fluid and the most populous of any empire in global history to that point. In this much anticipated addition to the series, the authors survey key themes across ten chapters, including government, economy, society, religion, and thought to provide an authoritative and topical treatment of a profound and significant period in Chinese history.
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Minority Languages, Education and Communities in China

Author: L. Tsung

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230234402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

View: 7343

The book outlines the evolution and role of minority languages locally and nationally; it investigates current educational language policies in minority areas; and it assesses the social and economic outcomes of language change for communities in contemporary China.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Rural Women in Urban China

Gender, Migration, and Social Change

Author: Tamara Jacka

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765635266

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 329

View: 7510

Based on in-depth ethnographic research--and using an approach that seeks to understand how migration is experienced by the migrants themselves--this is a fascinating study of the experiences of women in rural China who joined the vast migration to Beijing and other cities at the end of the twentieth century. It focuses on the experiences of rural-urban migrants, the particular ways in which they talk about those experiences, and how those experiences affect their sense of identity. Through first-hand accounts of actual migrant workers the author provides valuable insights into how rural women negotiate rural/urban experiences; how they respond to migration and life in the city; and how that experience shapes their world view, values, and relations with others. The book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the relationship between gender and social change, and of the ways in which globalization and modernity are experienced at the most personal level.
Posted in Business & Economics

Social Issues in China

Gender, Ethnicity, Labor, and the Environment

Author: Zhidong Hao,Sheying Chen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461422248

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

View: 2951

Since 1978, the opening up and reform in China has brought tremendous economic and social changes. While China’s economic progress has been commendable, the social problems that go with economic changes have raised serious concerns. Some of those concerns are related to gender, ethnic, labor, and environmental issues. This book is about what has happened in these arenas in China since the opening up and reform in 1978. The study of gender, ethnicity, labor, and environment touches on some of the fundamental problems of modernization, especially the development of individuals and groups. So even though gender, ethnicity, labor, and environment seem to be separate issues, they are in fact related in some fundamental ways. That’s what this book will explore as well. To understand is one thing and to do is another. This book also incorporates studies of NGO practices to see how NGOs have helped in transforming gender, ethnic, labor, and environment interplay. Our study of NGOs in helping improve such interplay sheds light on how specifically civil society can prod the state to transform social relations for the better. This book is an attempt to assess the changes, both positive and negative, in gender, ethnic, ethnic, and environmental relations in China especially in the past 30 years of opening up and reform, especially regarding national identity formation. ​
Posted in Social Science

Value change in Chinese society

Author: Sidney L. Greenblatt

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 309

View: 6483

Posted in History