In League with Gentlemen: Junzi Masculinity and the Chinese Nation in Cultural Nationalist Discourses

Hird, D. 2017. In League with Gentlemen: Junzi Masculinity and the Chinese Nation in Cultural Nationalist Discourses. Asia Pacific Perspectives. 15 (1), pp. 14-35.

TitleIn League with Gentlemen: Junzi Masculinity and the Chinese Nation in Cultural Nationalist Discourses
AuthorsHird, D.
Abstract

Drawing on the concept of cultural nationalism, I argue in this paper that the promotion of the junzi ideal is a form of political, social and cultural identity-making that seeks to “validate and moralize” a particular view of national culture. In particular, I argue that the masculine figure of the junzi has become a significant touchstone in the educated elite’s cultural nationalist reimaginings of China’s society and polity. Intellectuals and professionals are keen to associate themselves with a reinvigorated junzi masculinity in order to enhance their status inside and beyond China in the context of increasing globalization and marketization. This paper contributes to existing literature by showing how highly educated Chinese men are reworking the figure of the junzi in their quest to shape cultural nationalist discourses in their gender and class interests.

Keywordsjunzi, men, masculinities, China, Chinese, cultural nationalism, transnational
JournalAsia Pacific Perspectives
Journal citation15 (1), pp. 14-35
ISSN2167-1699
Year2017
PublisherUniversity of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies
Web address (URL)https://www.usfca.edu/center-asia-pacific/perspectives/v15n1/hird
Publication dates
Published01 Nov 2017

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