Contemporary Value Systems in China

  • Zhen Han
  • Weiwen Zhang

Part of the China Insights book series (CHINAIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Zhen Han, Weiwen Zhang
    Pages 1-70
  3. Zhen Han, Weiwen Zhang
    Pages 109-143
  4. Zhen Han, Weiwen Zhang
    Pages 145-197
  5. Zhen Han, Weiwen Zhang
    Pages 199-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-256

About this book


This work illustrates China’s values and how they are practiced. After introducing readers to the theories, systematical structure, historical status, and influence of traditional Chinese values, it points out major developmental trends in connection with modernization. Further, it explores the significance of the contemporary reconstruction of Chinese values and argues that these values can be divided into three layers: values-based goals of national development, Chinese values concepts, and norms of values in a civil society. On this basis, it subsequently interprets the core socialist values “Prosperity, Democracy, Civility and Harmony,” the value concepts “Freedom, Equality, Justice and Rule of Law” and values-based norms “Patriotism, Dedication, Integrity and Friendship.”


Following “Intergroup” and “Rightness & Benefit” Complying with Heavenly Principles Subdue Enemies by Learning from Their Merits Prosperous and Strong Democracy Civilization and Harmony Freedom, Equality and Justice Rule of Law Being Patriotic and Dedication to Work Honesty and Kindness

Authors and affiliations

  • Zhen Han
    • 1
  • Weiwen Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of PhilosophyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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