© 2012

Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche

  • Editors
  • Andrew B. Kipnis

Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche

  3. Creative Expression and Senses of Self

  4. Female Gender and the Relational Psyche

  5. Governing Individual Psyches in Contemporary China

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-236

About this book


Rapid industrialization, urbanization, and marketization have led to startling social changes in reform-era China. Mindful of the many forms of social theory that relate modernity to individualism, this volume addresses social and cultural change through the lens of psychological anthropology.


anthropology ethics gender

About the authors

Xinyin Chen, University of Pennsylvania, USA Huihua Deng, Southeast University, USA Harriet Evans, University of Westminster, USA Vanessa L. Fong, Harvard University, USA Sung won Kim, Harvard University, USA Hyeon Jung Lee, Seoul National University, Korea Delia Lin, The University of Adelaide, Australia Zuhong Lu, Southeast University, USA Zhiying Ma, University of Chicago, USA Wanning Sun, University of Technology, Australia Ling-Yun Tang, University of Hong Kong Niobe Way, New York University, USA Emily Wilcox, The College of William and Mary, USA Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Harvard University, USA Cong Zhang, Harvard University, USA

Bibliographic information


Andrew B. Kipnis's edited volume is a welcome contribution to anthropology and China studies alike. The collection of essays is lively, clear, and evocative, and is broken into three parts on art, gender, and self-improvement." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche is an important book. It advances an ongoing conversation about the changing relationship between power and subjectivity under Chinese modernity. It could easily be adopted in an undergraduate course on modern Chinese history or Chinese society, especially in courses that aim to destabilize the notion that socialism is bad while economic liberalization is good." - The China Journal

"I warmly recommend the volume for anyone interested in the topic of individual and self in China, in the ways Chinese individuals are governed through various institutions and in different cultural settings, and for those interested in theories of modernity and individuation in the context of China." - The China Quarterly