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Lecture Kai Vogelsang (Universität Hamburg): China’s Fragmented Modernity
22. April 2022, 12:00 - 14:00
When modern concepts and institutions entered China in the early 20th century, they met a society which was quite unlike its European and American counterparts. While functional differentiation, especially in the cities, did make its appearance, Chinese society was still characterized by a fragmentary substructure made up of so many families, lineages, and personal networks. This paper will introduce the concept of segmentary society and present some preliminary thoughts on how this social structure affected the formation of Chinese modernity: the concepts of a public vs. private sphere, the individual, social classes, and others.
This lecture is part of the lecture series New Perspectives on Modernity in China.
Prof. Dr. Axel Schneider, University of Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Fröhlich, University of Hamburg