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Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West

Leigh Jenco


Even as globalization has exposed the Eurocentric character of the academic theories used to understand the world, most scholarship continues to rely on the same parochial vocabulary it critiques. Against those who insist our thinking cannot escape the dominant terms of Euro-American modernity, this book shows how methods for understanding cultural others can take theoretical guidance from those very bodies of thought typically excluded by political and social theory. Examining a Chinese conversation over “Western Learning” from the 1860s to the 1920s, the book argues that we might follow thes ... More

Keywords: Eurocentrism, Chinese thought, cross-cultural understanding, Liang Qichao, Yan Fu, political theory, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190263812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh Jenco, author
Associate Professor of Political Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science