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School killings in China: society or wilderness?

By Hans Steinmüller and Wu Fei

Abstract

Between March and May 2010 a series of school killings took place in mainland China. This article explores media discourses on the school killings and examines three cases in detail. It connects the search for underlying reasons and responsible authorities in relation to the murders with the wider search for ‘society’ in contemporary China, and concludes by emphasizing the gap between the official promotion of the idea of ‘society’ as a cohesive moral community and a parallel popular understanding of the contemporary Chinese social world as a savage wilderness

Topics: DS Asia, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1467-8322.2011.00782.x
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:32321
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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