ICS Occasional Papers

Materialism in Chinese Society: The Historical, Cultural and Contemporary Context

Materialism is an area of research which has over the last decades become relevant and needs careful analysis. Materialism has many definitions and implies deconstructing the mindset and the psychology of humans and the factors which lead people to be happy with their lives. In the Chinese context, materialism has become an important topic of research as modernity has brought about dramatic and unprecedented changes in society, the rising aspirations and advances in technology impacting the changing identity of the Chinese. It would be interesting to see how materialism has been impacted by the historical, religious and contemporary changes over time.


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