Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17508

Title: How modern was Chinese modernity? Exploring tensions of a contested master narrative
Authors: Klein, Thoralf
Keywords: Modernity
China
Master narrative
Historiography
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Amsterdam University Press
Citation: KLEIN, T.E., 2014. How modern was Chinese modernity? Exploring tensions of a contested master narrative. International Journal of History, Culture and Modernity, 2 (3), pp. 275 - 301.
Abstract: “Modernity” continues to be a useful historiographical tool, however, it is tension-laden both theoretically and empirically. Conceptually, “modernity” can denote either a quality (“modern-ness”) or a condition referring to a specific period in history. With regard to empirical research, the essay takes a look at the recent history of China, arguing that although there exists a line between what is modern and what is not (between modernity and its Other[s]), this often appears fuzzy when we look at concrete historical manifestations. Two case studies bear this out: The first looks at the possibility of locating a rural modernity, challenging conventional scholarship that has situated the modern almost exclusively in China’s cities. The second case study elucidates the relationship between “Chinese” and “global” modernity, striking a balance between universalistic and pluralistic understandings of modernity. In sum, the essay shows that it is essential to incorporate the paradoxes inherent in the modern condition into the analytical framework.
Description: This article was published in the journal, International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity [©Amsterdam University Press] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/HCM2014.3.KLEI
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1557/HCM2014.3.KLEI
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17508
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/HCM2014.3.KLEI
ISSN: 2214-9910
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (PHIR)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
Klein_2014d.pdfPublished version502.88 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

 

SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.