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Analyzing Chinese Identity Today: New Insights into Identity Rankings of Young Adults in Urban China

Shutian Zhang and Steve Kulich

in Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099128.003.0012
Analyzing Chinese Identity Today: New Insights into Identity Rankings of Young Adults in Urban China

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This chapter deals with the emergence of hybrid identities in urban China, Shanghai. It argues that studying identity, particularly through personal ranking preferences contributes significantly to the understanding of the present-day orientation of young Chinese adults and fills a needed gap in recent conceptual and analytical research. Thus, an identity ranking survey has been designed to be as inclusive as possible of major identity domains. Empirically, a questionnaire encompassing 37 identity items was constructed to investigate the responses of 20 to 30-year-old college students and young white-collar adults in an urban Chinese context. To maintain data stability the scope of this study was confined to one relatively consistent urban context. In general, this pilot study seeks to uncover the relatively important identities of one representative population towards taking a comparative snapshot of one aspect of China's changing urban culture today.

Keywords: Shanghai; hybrid identity; urban culture; Chinese adults; young adults

Chapter.  10821 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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