Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sociology

Title

Self-interest in Chinese discourse and practice: Temporal distinctions of self

Language

English

Abstract

A concept of self-interest, through which different interests relate to distinct temporal phases of selves, is examined by considering the operation of self-interest in a context in which it is frequently held to be absent. Chinese culture, frequently described as collectivist, developed intellectual traditions in which self-interest is assumed. Chinese sociologists affirm the centrality of self-interest for understanding social relationships and practices. Confucian antipathy to selfishness relates to admonishment of satisfaction of the interests of present selves against those of past selves. Variable institutional selection of distinct temporal phases of self is core to understanding major differences between Confucianism and Daoism and their respective conceptions of self-interest. © 2013 The Editorial Board of The Sociological Review.

Keywords

Confucianism, Daoism, Fei Xiaotong, Institutional selection, Relational self

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Sociological Review

Volume

61

Issue

4

Start Page

649

End Page

666

Publisher

Wiley

DOI

10.1111/1467-954X.12080

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12080

ISSN (print)

00380261

ISSN (electronic)

1467954X

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