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Unprecedented social switch in China has intensified the contradictions confronted through usual humans. In daily life, humans locate themselves stuck among legitimate and renowned discourses, stumble upon greatly various representations of China's prior and its destiny, and draw on extensively various ethical frameworks.

This quantity explores irony and cynicism as a part of the social lifetime of neighborhood groups in China, and in particular relating to the modern chinese language country. It collects ethnographies of irony and cynicism in social motion, written by means of a bunch of anthropologists who concentrate on China. They use the lenses of irony and cynicism - extensively outlined to incorporate resignation, resistance, humour, ambiguity and discussion - to seem anew on the social, political and ethical contradictions confronted via chinese language humans. a few of the contributions are curious about either the translation of intentions in daily social motion and discourse, and the wider theoretical outcomes of such interpretations for an figuring out of the chinese language kingdom.

As a examine of irony and cynicism in smooth China and their implications at the social and political elements of lifestyle, this booklet could be of massive curiosity to scholars and students of social and cultural anthropology, chinese language tradition and society, and chinese language politics.

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