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Leadership programmes: success, self-improvement, and relationship management among new middle-class Chinese

Fengjiang, Jiazhi and Steinmüller, Hans ORCID: 0000-0002-5921-421X (2021) Leadership programmes: success, self-improvement, and relationship management among new middle-class Chinese. Ethnos. ISSN 0014-1844

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00141844.2020.1867605

Abstract

In the last decade, business and life coaching programmes have rapidly proliferated in the People’s Republic of China. Such programmes promise radical self-transformations aiming at individual success and social responsibility. The methods of most coaching programmes popular in China today are characterised by strict discipline and emotional expressivity, which are enacted in personal bonds between participants and coaches. This article describes and analyses these processes of self-transformation for the case of the rapidly growing ‘Leadership Programmes’ (LP). We outline the social background and emergence of LP programmes, present the typical features of LP training and discuss the consequences of self-transformation as seen by participants and outsiders. Altogether, these leadership programmes constitute an important new platform where ethical subjectivities are created and negotiated among new middle-class Chinese; subjectivities that are supposed to be enterprising, responsible, and expressive.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/retn20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 13:00
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 04:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107546

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