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Article: Structural and symbolic centers: Center displacement in the 1989 Chinese student movement

TitleStructural and symbolic centers: Center displacement in the 1989 Chinese student movement
Authors
KeywordsCenter
Center Displacement
Nation
Symbolic Center
Tiananmen Incident
Issue Date1999
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105605
Citation
International Sociology, 1999, v. 14 n. 3, p. 337-354 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article makes a distinction between the symbolic and the structural centers of the nation-state. Whereas the structure center connotes state power, the symbolic center is closer to the concept of the nation and is vital to the creation of a sense of nationhood. The symbolic center contains values, symbols, rituals and myths that define nationhood. Since it is fundamental to the delineation of a nation, it is sacred. Although the two centers are analytically separate, being in command of one does not necessarily entail command of the other. However, claiming representation of the symbolic center is tremendously important for the legitimation of the structural center. The 1989 Chinese student movement is used to illustrate that students displaced the Chinese Communist Party to become the center of symbolic power. The crackdown reasserted the party's structural control over society only; it therefore had to introduce various measures to purify itself anc cleanse society so as to regain its place as the occupant of the symbolic center.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/171812
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.621
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.649
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dc.contributor.authorChan, Een_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:17:40Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:17:40Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Sociology, 1999, v. 14 n. 3, p. 337-354en_US
dc.identifier.issn0268-5809en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/171812-
dc.description.abstractThis article makes a distinction between the symbolic and the structural centers of the nation-state. Whereas the structure center connotes state power, the symbolic center is closer to the concept of the nation and is vital to the creation of a sense of nationhood. The symbolic center contains values, symbols, rituals and myths that define nationhood. Since it is fundamental to the delineation of a nation, it is sacred. Although the two centers are analytically separate, being in command of one does not necessarily entail command of the other. However, claiming representation of the symbolic center is tremendously important for the legitimation of the structural center. The 1989 Chinese student movement is used to illustrate that students displaced the Chinese Communist Party to become the center of symbolic power. The crackdown reasserted the party's structural control over society only; it therefore had to introduce various measures to purify itself anc cleanse society so as to regain its place as the occupant of the symbolic center.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105605en_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Sociologyen_US
dc.subjectCenteren_US
dc.subjectCenter Displacementen_US
dc.subjectNationen_US
dc.subjectSymbolic Centeren_US
dc.subjectTiananmen Incidenten_US
dc.titleStructural and symbolic centers: Center displacement in the 1989 Chinese student movementen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, E:elaine_chan@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0268580999014003007-
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dc.identifier.volume14en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.spage337en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
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