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Reconfiguring Democracy And The Purpose Of Higher Education In China, Honglian Yang Jan 2016

Reconfiguring Democracy And The Purpose Of Higher Education In China, Honglian Yang

School of Business Student Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation reconfigures Chinese democracy and the purpose of higher education through a conversation of its tradition, culture, and modern challenges in the context of civic studies, a new academic discipline focusing on civic renewal and citizens’ role as co-creators for a better society. Through analyzing the affinities between the Confucian tradition, Dewey’s communitarian form of democracy, the Chinese socialist tradition and public work, this dissertation explores the civic foundation for constructing Chinese democracy as collective agency. Recasting the "China Dream” as a collective work, it highlights important possibilities of developing civic professionals as the transformative force in modern ...