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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sociology

Title

Greater self, lesser self: Dimensions of self-interest in Chinese filial piety

Language

English

Abstract

While self-interest is depreciated in Confucian ethics the processes of family relations in traditional China are animated by the self-interested actions of family members. The paper outlines the Confucian ideology of filial piety which is commensurate with the governance of family life organized hierarchically and through the senior male's management of the joint-family's collective property. The structure, operations and principles of membership in traditional Chinese families are indicated, highlighting the tensions within them between consanguinity and conjugality and their material bases. The differential operation of self-interested actions by husbands and wives is also presented. A non-Confucian model of the relational-self is outlined in which both the collective context of Chinese families and the self-interested actions of individual family members within them is explicated. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

Confucianism, Filial piety, Greater- and lesser-self, Relational-self, Self-interested action

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour

Volume

44

Issue

2

Start Page

186

End Page

205

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN (print)

00218308

ISSN (electronic)

14685914

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