Confucianism and the Chinese Self

Re-examining Max Weber’s China

Authors: Barbalet, Jack

  • Re-assesses Max Weber’s celebrated sociology of China in the wake of political and economic upheavals and transformations in the regionDebates the role of the individual in Confucian thought and practice and the subordination, in China, of the individual to the interests of the political community
  • Provides new insights into Weber’s Religion of China in East Asia today, against the background of the rise of modern capitalism
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Setting the context for the upheavals and transformations of contemporary China, this text provides a re-assessment of Max Weber’s celebrated sociology of China. Returning to the sources drawn on by Weber in The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism, it offers an informed account of the Chinese institutions discussed and a concise discussion of Weber’s writings on ‘the rise of modern capitalism’. Notably it subjects Weber’s argument to critical scrutiny, arguing that he drew upon sources which infused the central European imagination of the time, constructing a sense of China in Europe, whilst European writers were constructing a particular image of imperial China and its

Confucian framework. Re-examining Weber’s discussion of the role of the individual in Confucian thought and the subordination, in China, of the interests of the individual to those of the political community and the ancestral clan, this book offers a cutting edge contribution to the continuing debate on Weber’s RoC in East Asia today, against the background of the rise of modern capitalism in the “little dragons” of Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, and the “big dragons” of Japan and the People’s Republic of China.

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Dr Jack Barbalet is Research Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University, with past appointments in other Australian universities as well as Leicester University and Hong Kong Baptist University. A renowned Weber scholar, Barbalet also publishes extensively on the sociology of China. 

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“Max Weber's fascination with China has been well documented … . It is a must read for both Weber scholars and China specialists, and will be of great interest to comparative-historical sociologists. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students/faculty.” (J. Li, Choice, Vol. 55 (9), May, 2018)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Confucianism and the Chinese Self
Book Subtitle
Re-examining Max Weber’s China
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6289-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6289-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6288-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 213
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