Announcing the Spring 2023 Chinese Politics & Society Book Talk Series

Co-organized by The Carter Center, China Research Center, and the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Emory University. 

Atlanta (March 9, 2023) – The Carter Center China Focus is pleased to share the Chinese Politics & Society book talk series organized in cooperation with the China Research Center and Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Emory University. The Spring 2023 series will feature book talks by three Atlanta-area scholars of Chinese politics, society, and foreign affairs. 

The first talk in this series will feature Bin Xu, associate professor of sociology at Emory University, on his recent book The Culture of Democracy: A Sociological Approach to Civil Society (Polity, 2022). In the book, Xu provides the first systematic survey of the cultural sociology of civil society and offers a committed global perspective on pressing issues in today’s world. Against the bleak backdrop of upheavals, wars, and catastrophes, civil societies remain vibrant, animated by people’s belief that they should and can solve such issues and build a better society. Their imagination of a good society, their understanding of their engagement, and the ways they choose to act constitute the cultural aspect of civil society. Central to this cultural aspect of civil society is the “culture of democracy,” including normative values, individual interpretations, and interaction norms pertaining to features of a democratic society, such as civility, independence, and solidarity. In this talk, Xu highlights the culture of democracy in China and related societies, especially Hong Kong and overseas Chinese communities, addressing the challenges Chinese civil societies face and the hopes that the challenges imply.

The talk will be held in hybrid format on Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 PM ET. To attend in person, please register below and visit Modern Languages Building 201, 532 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta GA 30322. To attend the event online, please register on Zoom here.

Pizza and refreshments will be served. 

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