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The political pragmatism of Chinese university students : 10 years after the 1989 movement
Journal of Contemporary China
  • Che Po CHAN, Lingnan College, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
11-1-1999
Keywords
  • College students,
  • Polls & surveys,
  • Politics,
  • History,
  • Political activism,
  • China
Disciplines
Abstract

This study investigates the political orientation of Chinese university students after the 1989 movement. By drawing on survey data, it aims to judge whether there is a persistence or discontinuity in the students' political orientation. It is found that students' political beliefs remained the same before and after 1989 but their involvement in politics has changed to a pragmatic approach. The impact of the 1989 movement and the opportunity structure available on campus in the 1990s has contributed to the political pragmatism of university students. The relationship between economic activism and political pragmatism among the student population is also explored in this study.

DOI
10.1080/10670569908724354
Language
English
E-ISSN
14699400
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Chan, C.-P. (1999). The political pragmatism of Chinese university students: 10 years after the 1989 movement. Journal of Contemporary China, 8(22), 381-403. doi: 10.1080/10670569908724354