The Chinese Individual: Negotiations of Rights and Responsibilities (completed)

The focus of this project is the remarkable change of concepts and practices related to the individual and its position in Chinese society, community and family since the late 19th century, and especially in the past 60 years

Photo: Rune Svarverud

About the project

The modern identity and role of the individual, and the negotiation of rights and responsibilities, are at the forefront of any political and social question in China today. At the same time, Chinese politics, economy and social stability are concerns of increasing importance for the entire world community. Hence, this multi-disciplinary study of the individual in modern China will facilitate an understanding of the fundamental changes taking place within the Chinese society today and, at the same time, be of pivotal importance for our perception of China’s role in international affairs. In a historical perspective the concept and ideas of the individual in Chinese society today are intrinsically linked to Chinese intellectual discourses on the individual from late 19th century onwards.


The project The Chinese Individual brought together Nordic and Chinese scholars from different disciplines in order to coordinate and focus research which will promote new and interdisciplinary perspectives on the remarkable change of ideas and practices of person and individual in China, and therefore more broadly the consequences of globalisation in the non-Western world.


The project was financed by the The Norwegian Reserch Council and completed in September 2009.


Published June 29, 2010 1:15 PM - Last modified June 29, 2010 2:10 PM


Project manager

Mette Halskov Hansen