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ERIC Number: ED318320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-1
Pages: 27
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Chinese Higher Education and Commodity Socialism: The Problem of Political Education.
Hayhoe, Ruth
This paper reviews trends in political education in China and examines implications of the new market emphasis on political education in institutions of higher education. Trends toward increased academic openness and cross fertilization among academic fields after the Cultural Revolution are identified. Reforms during this period are seen to have focused on guiding student energies along lines acceptable to Party reform directions and not deviating essentially from traditional Confucian approaches. The more recent emphasis on money and market forces is considered in the context of its role in steering Chinese society. The model of J. Habermas in his critique of western capitalism is applied to the current situation in China, suggesting that the release of money as a steering mechanism is shaking up social and cultural patterns and leading to a sense of meaninglessness among university students. The effects of political education under commodity socialism are briefly considered from three different perspectives: (1) largely positive; (2) mixed; and (3) limited strictly to the economic realm. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China