Knowing male subjects:Globally mobile Chinese professionals and the aesthetics of the Confucian sublime

Hird, Derek (2020) Knowing male subjects:Globally mobile Chinese professionals and the aesthetics of the Confucian sublime. China Perspectives, 2020-3. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article probes the sources, manifestations and significances of the ambivalences and contradictions in London-based Chinese middle-class male professionals’ sense of their own gendered and cultural identities in the context of China’s twenty-first century postsocialist modernity. In doing so, it shows how Chinese middle-class men’s sense of themselves connects with wider national debates about China’s orientation in the world. To make sense of the desire of some respondents “to become a Chinese gentleman”, the article introduces the notion of the postsocialist Confucian sublime, a vision of a cultural order of increasing appeal to well-educated, middle-class Chinese men. The article argues that the Confucian sublime offers globally mobile professional Chinese men the opportunity to transcend their ambivalence towards Western modernity by providing a sense of wholeness and attainment both at a personal level and relating to China’s place in contemporary globality.

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Journal Article
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China Perspectives
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141999
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Deposited On:
02 Mar 2020 10:25
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Yes
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In Press
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07 Sep 2020 15:40