Chinese Culture & Society

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Chinese Culture & Society

Fall 2021

Taught By: Shaowen Wang

Section: A

CRN: 11958

Credits: 4

Living in a world of pandemic, it is urgent and relevant to understand that China is in a critical historical moment, where social, political and cultural conflicts are prevalent in both domestic and international contexts. Thus, it is necessary for us to debunk myths that prevail in western discourse about China. In this course, we aim to explore the constitutive role of culture in Chinese social structures and actions of Chinese people. This course will be designed to emphasize the meaning-making process, discourses, and symbolic practices in various social realms such as politics and economy (Alexander and Smith, 2001; Griswold, 2008; Swell,1999) to analyze the dramatic social and cultural changes in China for the past four decades. Topics will include the following: How has the market transition in China been the major driving force behind those social and cultural changes, including economic activities, work and labor relations, cultural production and consumption? How is the Chinese state playing a powerful and expansive role in cultural life? What is the constitutive role of culture in the Chinese state’s governance and social political interaction? What is the role, influence and limitation of Chinese civil society, as well as its democratic potential? Other topics may also include the collective memory/cultural trauma of significant events in contemporary Chinese history (such as Anti-Japan war memory, trauma of class struggle and cultural revolution, Communist regime’s reconstruction of memory etc.), as well as the interaction of Chinese people in everyday life, such as the mechanisms and moral meaning of “ guanxi” (connections/network), “ mianzi”( face) and “renqing” (sentiments/human relations). (Xu, Qian & Guo, 2019)

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:06am 9/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1200A

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021