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GED3002 Global Genealogies of Chinese Social Science: Home

Course Description

This course aims to trace and discuss the cross-boundary construction of Chinese social science in global history. In doing so, we try to understand the present from the past.

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Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature

This book collects 10 Pierre Bourdieu’s major essays on art, literature and culture, published between 1968 and 1987. Part One deals with the field of cultural production, the production of belief, and the market of symbolic goods. Part Two looks into the writings of Gustave Flaubert, especially Sentimental Education, to discuss topics such as structure of social self-analysis, field of power, etc. Part Three contains essays on sociology and art perception, on Manet’s aesthetic revolution and the institutionalization of anomie, and on the historical genesis of a pure aesthetics addressing the relationship between art and power.

A Social History of Knowledge: From Gutenberg to Diderot

This book maps the main types of knowledge that were in existence between the invention of printing with movable type in Germany to the publication of the Encyclopédie. Mostly, it is based on texts published between the 16th and 18th centuries, but it also takes account of oral knowledge, images (including maps) and material objects such as shells and coins collected for display. It explores the difference between the old sociology of knowledge and the new, as well as the changing composition of the European clerisy since the Middle Ages. It also deals with the geography, anthropology, politics and economics of knowledge, as well as the way readers appropriated knowledge.

The Intellectual Foundations of Chinese Modernity: Cultural and Political Thought in the Republican Era

This book is concerned with the dynamics by intellectuals in the development of Chinese modernity. It argues that Chinese thought in the Republican era was not dominated by Marxism, revolutionary socialism or any particular school of thought but instead was a mix of liberal, conservative and socialist thought; that modern Chinese conservatism was a force to be reckoned with, one that served the purposes of modernization; that modern China’s liberal intellectuals understood liberalism and represented the liberal vision in a particular contextual frame of reference; and that Chinese intellectuals of all persuasions had a socialistic impulse.





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