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Traditional Chinese Leisure Culture and Economic Development

A Conflict of Forces


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Huidi Ma, Er Liu
    Pages 1-8
  3. Huidi Ma, Er Liu
    Pages 9-54
  4. Huidi Ma, Er Liu
    Pages 153-201
  5. Huidi Ma, Er Liu
    Pages 203-245
  6. Huidi Ma, Er Liu
    Pages 247-253
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-264

About this book


This book explores the history of leisure in Chinese culture by tracing the development of Chinese philosophy and leisure values in Chinese tradition and civilization. It addresses the tremendous changes in Chinese society brought about by the country’s rapid economic development and the impact on Chinese culture and leisure. It considers the social, political and economic challenges facing China, from corruption to sharpening inequalities, from ecological crisis to the need for a revival of Chinese culture and for political democratization. It suggests that leisure can exert an invisible and formative influence on people’s lifestyle and value system and considers ongoing trends in the development of leisure activities as they relate to modern Chinese society and social reform.


Leisure Tradition in Ancient China Culture‘s Lost in Modern China Imbalance in the Development A Conflict of Forces Economic development

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Chinese CultureBeijingChina
  2. 2.Harbin Institute of TechnologyWeihaiChina

About the authors

Ma Huidi is a Distinguished Researcher of Institute of Chinese Culture and was an Editorial Director and Senior Editor for Studies in Dialectics of Nature before 2006. She is a founder the Center of China Leisure Studies and elected fellow of American leisure Academy (2006) and World Leisure Academy (2010), as well as also a Board member of the research committee of international leisure sociology. 


Liu Er holds a PhD in classical Chinese literature from Harbin Teachers’ University in China. He is currently a Professor of Chinese language and literature at Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai, China.

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