By Mette Halskov Hansen
Even with the serious preoccupation with person and self in glossy Western concept, the social sciences have tended to target teams and collectives and downplay the person. This implicit view has additionally colored the learn of social existence in China the place either Confucian ethics and Communist regulations have formed collective buildings with little room for person employer and selection. what's really taking place, even though, is a starting to be individualization of China - not just altering perceptions of the person but additionally emerging expectancies for person freedom, selection and individuality. the person has additionally turn into a simple social type in China, and a improvement has all started that permeates all components of social, financial and political existence. How this technique evolves in a nation and society missing of the defining features of ecu individualization - a culturally embedded democracy and a welfare approach - is likely one of the questions that the quantity explores. A energy of this quantity is that its authors achieve depicting the individualization approach in conceptually acute and empirically delicate phrases, and as anything with its personal distinctively chinese language profile. That makes this publication a 'must learn' for all these eager to comprehend present-day chinese language society, with all of its ambivalences, contingencies and contradictions.