Redefining Chinese citizenship

Keane, Michael A. (2001) Redefining Chinese citizenship. Economy and Society, 30(1), pp. 1-17.

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This paper addresses shifts in governance and the re-framing of citizenship discourse in the People's Republic of China during the 1990s. Drawing upon a Sinicized Marxist-Leninism, public intellectuals and propagandists have sought to represent citizens' rights primarily as socio-economic benefits of China's reform agenda delivered by the Communist Party. This materialist articulation of citizens' rights diminishes the prospect of citizenship functioning as a mechanism for political claims against the State. However, the proclamation of rights as social benefits is in keeping with a traditional Chinese relationship between State and society whereby the former is responsible for the general welfare of the population. The citizen is thus divested of its Western political connotations and becomes a blueprint for ethical refashioning based on state goals of economic development.

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ID Code: 7584
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information or for copy of this article contact the author at
Keywords: China, citizenship, economic reform, civil society, consumer rights, spiritual civilization
DOI: 10.1080/03085140020019061
ISSN: 1469-5766
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Economy and Society 30(1):pp. 1-17.
Deposited On: 11 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 17:18

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