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The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination
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The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination

Haiyan Lee


This book investigates the modern Chinese moral imagination through the figure of the stranger. Strangers are outsiders who come into our communities and stay with us, bringing alien manners and values with them and never quite renouncing their mobility. They are a threat to a community’s peace and order, but they also promise change and renewal. In modern China, the stranger has been a ubiquitous figure that tests the moral limits of a society known for the primacy of consanguinity and familiarity. This book employs the concepts of kinship sociality and stranger sociality to map out the moral ... More

Keywords: stranger, morality, kinship sociality, stranger sociality, Confucian ethics, socialist ethics, foreigner, migrant, woman, animal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785914
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haiyan Lee, author
Stanford University