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National, Rational, And Symbolic Understanding In Academic China And Cass

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This chapter shows how political views in academic research in China were expressed by way of various symbolic conceptualizations of the nation, which serve as a framework for research. The author illustrates the application of symbols in academic work with examples that show how symbols, official ceremony, politics, and administrative organization are intertwined with the planning and practice of academic research. By taking into account both the symbolic and cognitive functions of ceremonies, speeches, political and organizational meetings and celebrations, it becomes clear that ‘freedom of academic debate’ is not self-evident. He also discusses the speeches President Jiang Zemin delivered in 1990 and at his visit to CASS in 1991. In both, he emphasized the role of intellectuals as patriotic educators and their mission of national self-strengthening. Paradoxically, the symbolism in the speeches shows how ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’ would confine debate on the basis of theoretical pluralism.

Keywords: academic research; CASS; China; Jiang Zemin; socialism; symbols



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