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Minben (People-As-Root) And Minquan (Civil Rights)

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This chapter identifies and utilises the rights component of the traditional people-as-root (Minben) concept and its transformations over time and with a continuation and recounting of that traditional concept as its foundation, to reposition aspects of the people-as-root theory. It seeks to change a people-as-root theory of the people as the root to one of the people's root; a people-as-root theory of other-as-root to self-as-root; one of people-as-means to one of people-as-ends. The chapter supports the establishment of values for contemporary Chinese civil rights (Minquan) and political practise by a reordering of modern Chinese people-as-root thinking and civil rights theory using construction of the noumenon of the people which will be completed with the help of rights concepts. Author hope's that it will advocate both for a new academic discourse of people-as-root that accommodates the concepts of people-oriented and of civil rights that takes this new people-as-root discourse as foundation.

Keywords: Chinese; civil rights; Minben; Minquan; people-as-root; political practise; traditional concept



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