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The Discourse of Xinmin: Mindset Remodelling and Nation-Building in Early Twentieth Century China

Cao, Qing (2022) 'The Discourse of Xinmin: Mindset Remodelling and Nation-Building in Early Twentieth Century China.', Chinese Language and Discourse, 13 (1). pp. 123-143.

Abstract

Focusing on Liang Qichao’s campaign of moral character reform, this article examines the discourse of xinmin (新民) as a social engineering project of people-making as nationbuilding in the 1900s. Drawing on Koselleck’s conceptual history, it analyses how the idea of qun (群) was deployed as a discursive building block of xinmin to cultivate a sense of membership in a political community of nation. It argues that the xinmin discourse facilitated a fundamental restructuring of the mental-cognitive framing of society in its attempt to shift China from a cultural entity to a political identity.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://benjamins.com/catalog/cld.21032.cao
Date accepted:01 December 2021
Date deposited:01 November 2021
Date of first online publication:20 February 2022
Date first made open access:23 February 2022

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