A study of the Zhiqing identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Hong, Fan en
dc.contributor.author Wu, Weiyi
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-14T11:50:16Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.date.submitted 2013
dc.identifier.citation Wu, W. 2013. A study of the Zhiqing identity. DSocSc Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1308
dc.description.abstract More than seventeen million Chinese urban youth (Zhiqing in Chinese) went to the countryside, lived and engaged in agricultural work there during the Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside (UMDC) Movement (1967-1981). Although this movement was officially terminated in 1981, it has left an imprint on these people – the Zhiqing identity by which they are still characterized as a unique group in Chinese society and a special generation in Chinese history. Historical and sociological perspectives are combined in this study. By applying Glen H. Elder’s life course approach, the study reveals how Zhiqing’s life trajectories are embedded in the social history and identifies a series of interrelated factors that made Zhiqing into a unique generation. With the guidance of Henri Tajfel’s social identity theory, the study uncovers the emergence of the Zhiqing group and the Zhiqing identity, explains individuals’ acquisitions of the Zhiqing identity and analyzes how it has kept influencing individuals’ lives during and after the UMDC Movement. Using Zhiqing’s life stories allowed the researcher to combine the historical and sociological aspects in her examination of Zhiqing’s identity issues. In each life story, the narrator reviewed his/her life experience, reflected on socio-historical changes and expressed his/her emotions and ideas about identity issues. Utilizing methods of in-depth interview and thematic analysis, the researcher completed the study and presents this thesis as one interpretation on the Zhiqing identity, which, as according the researcher’s hermeneutic stance, is open to further discussion and future research. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013,Weiyi Wu. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Zhiqing en
dc.subject Educated youth en
dc.subject Up to the mountains down to the countryside movement en
dc.subject Life course en
dc.subject Social identity en
dc.subject.lcsh China--History--20th century en
dc.title A study of the Zhiqing identity en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname Doctor of Social Science en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder China Scholarship Council en
dc.contributor.funder National University of Ireland en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Asian Studies en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat Hard bound copy in Library only en
dc.internal.conferring Autumn Conferring 2013 en


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