The Resource The politics of compassion : the Sichuan Earthquake and civic engagement in China, Bin Xu, (electronic resource)

The politics of compassion : the Sichuan Earthquake and civic engagement in China, Bin Xu, (electronic resource)

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The politics of compassion : the Sichuan Earthquake and civic engagement in China
Title
The politics of compassion
Title remainder
the Sichuan Earthquake and civic engagement in China
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Bin Xu
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Language
eng
Summary
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake killed 87,000 people and left 5 million homeless. In response to the devastation, an unprecedented wave of volunteers and civic associations streamed into Sichuan to offer help. The Politics of Compassion examines how civically engaged citizens acted on the ground, how they understood the meaning of their actions, and how the political climate shaped their actions and understandings. Using extensive data from interviews, observations, and textual materials, Bin Xu shows that the large-scale civic engagement was not just a natural outpouring of compassion, but also a complex social process, both enabled and constrained by the authoritarian political context. While volunteers expressed their sympathy toward the affected people's suffering, many avoided explicitly talking about the causes of the suffering-particularly in the case of the collapse of thousands of schools. Xu shows that this silence and apathy is explained by a general inability to discuss politically sensitive issues while living in a repressive state. This book is a powerful account of how the widespread death and suffering caused by the earthquake illuminates the moral-political dilemma faced by Chinese citizens and provides a window into the world of civic engagement in contemporary China
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Midwest
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Xu, Bin
Dewey number
303.48/5
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Civil society
  • Political participation
  • Voluntarism
  • Wenchuan Earthquake, China, 2008
  • Electronic books
  • China
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adult
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The politics of compassion : the Sichuan Earthquake and civic engagement in China, Bin Xu, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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text
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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9781503603400
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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11911561
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MWT11911561
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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The politics of compassion : the Sichuan Earthquake and civic engagement in China, Bin Xu, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781503603400
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
11911561
Publisher number
MWT11911561
Specific material designation
remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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