His world was one plagued with political corruption and abject poverty. He grew up in a gentry but yet not wealthy family. Park , the University of Chicago sociologist. For an M.
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I wonder if there is a Korean or Japanese equivalent. According to Fei, Chinese society is fundamentally rural from the soil ; from this foundation Fei builds up his analysis. Born from a rural society, Chinese people have a different conception of individual and the group. Fei uses the image of the rice straw bound into small bundles, which are then bound into bigger bundles to represent this social structure.
They are self-centered. As the sphere around the self expands and contracts, there is an elasticity in social relationships, and the public and private are also constantly shifting and ambiguous. Because of the centrality of concrete, differentiated personal relationships in Chinese society, there is no abstract set of ethical principles. Unlike the concept of an undifferentiated, universal love in Christianity, Confucius returned to concrete examples in individual relationships to express ren.
There is also more in his analysis about gender relationships, Chinese patrilineality, etc. As an intellectual, Fei was involved in the debates of his age, one of which was the Rural Reconstruction Movement; Fei has interesting things to say about literacy in the countryside, but I leave this out. Facebook 0.
In its first complete English-language edition, it is likely to have a wide impact on Western social theorists. Trivia About From the Soil: All Chinese are born into unchosen associations that are sanctified by the concept of ritual. This profound, challenging book is both succinct and accessible. Noah is currently reading it Oct 31, Uqbar rated it really liked it Apr 02, Therefore, an action can only be vei judged on the basis of not what was done, but rather on who did it and why.
From the Soil by Fei Xiaotong