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ERIC Number: ED448487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 19
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An Analysis of Meanings Related to the 1987 Campaign against Bourgeois Liberalization in China.
Schnell, Jim
The study of communication phenomena in China by a foreigner poses unique challenges. It requires not only understanding the particular phenomenon under analysis but also the cultural context within which the phenomenon exists. This paper focuses on meanings conveyed in 1987 that were related to the government campaign against bourgeois liberalization in China. Noting that this requires Western appreciation of bourgeois liberalization within the Chinese cultural context and the year 1987 as a particular point in post-Mao China, the paper first presents a brief orientation as helpful context regarding cultural and chronological developments. The author has visited China 10 times and in April 1987 was teaching at Northern Jiaotong University in Beijing, where he surveyed the opinions of a class of graduate students about the development and meaning of bourgeois liberalization. The paper reviews the literature produced by and about the Chinese government and also uses student opinions as manifested in the survey. It suggests that this subject is significant for speech communication scholars, as the term "bourgeois liberalization" exemplifies language which is created to be purposely vague. The expression was created by the Chinese government to describe unwanted ideas and values identified as American or Western. (Contains 27 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China