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Revisiting Asian values

Jenco, Leigh K. (2013) Revisiting Asian values. Journal of the History of Ideas, 74 (2). pp. 237-258. ISSN 0022-5037

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Identification Number: 10.1353/jhi.2013.0014


Asian Values discourse was widely criticized for its cultural inauthenticity and instrumentalism. However, its similarity to an early twentieth-century conversation about the values of “Eastern civilization” places it within a particular history of cultural assertion, which emerges when Asian experience defies expectations about the direction of future progress. Both discourses reformulate historically-central Chinese ideas in more general terms to carve out space between regional ethnocentrism and mimeticism of the West. Although sometimes co-opted by authoritarian elites, they nevertheless articulate “Asian” characteristics as challenges that transform, rather than traditional values which supplement, “Western” processes of modernization.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Journal of the history of ideas
Divisions: Government
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 15:11
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:28

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