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Go Nation: Chinese Masculinities and the Game of Weiqi in China

Marc L. Moskowitz


Go Nation examines the board game Weiqi (known in the West as “Go”) in several spheres. The author outlines the different cultural metaphors of the game throughout history, as well as its contemporary significance in nation building, national rivalry, and ping-pong politics in the East Asian political economy. He also examines the ways that the game is infused with Confucian imagery that helps shape boys into men, based on age-old ideals of an intellectual masculinity that is associated with greater morality. He traces modern manifestations of this discourse in relation to modernity and new se ... More

Keywords: anthropology, China, gender, masculinity, modernization, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276314
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc L. Moskowitz, author