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Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953

Susan Glosser


At the dawn of the twentieth century, China's sovereignty was fragile at best. In the face of international pressure and domestic upheaval, young urban radicals—desperate for reforms that would save their nation—clamored for change, championing Western-inspired family reform and promoting free marriage choice and economic and emotional independence. But what came to be known as the New Culture Movement had the unwitting effect of fostering totalitarianism. This book examines how the link between family order and national salvation affected state building and explores its lasting consequences. ... More

Keywords: New Culture Movement, state building, traditional culture, authoritarian family, family reform, conjugal family, Chinese Communist Party, individual rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227293
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Glosser, author