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Special Collection

Chinese Modernities

Collection launched: 26 May 2017
This special collection reflects on debates on twentieth-century Chinese modernities. What 'modernity' means for China is highly contested. The most commonly recognised version of modernity in China is largely based on Westernisation and disregards dissonant voices completely. The articles in this collection highlight a number of themes that have a bearing on alternative Chinese modernities, including historical consciousness, cultural heritage, identity formation and the projection of national ambitions. Re-articulating modernity in relation to Chinese culture, this special collection draws attention to the possibilities for more than just one single, homogenising, future for China.