Unprecedented social swap in China has intensified the contradictions confronted via usual humans. In way of life, humans locate themselves stuck among legitimate and renowned discourses, come across substantially diversified representations of China's previous and its destiny, and draw on broadly assorted ethical frameworks.

This quantity explores irony and cynicism as a part of the social lifetime of neighborhood groups in China, and in particular in terms of the modern chinese language nation. It collects ethnographies of irony and cynicism in social motion, written by way of a bunch of anthropologists who focus on China. They use the lenses of irony and cynicism - greatly outlined to incorporate resignation, resistance, humour, ambiguity and discussion - to seem anew on the social, political and ethical contradictions confronted by way of chinese language humans. some of the contributions are considering either the translation of intentions in daily social motion and discourse, and the wider theoretical results of such interpretations for an figuring out of the chinese language country.

As a examine of irony and cynicism in glossy China and their implications at the social and political elements of way of life, this e-book should be of big curiosity to scholars and students of social and cultural anthropology, chinese language tradition and society, and chinese language politics.

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