Title

The political pragmatism of Chinese university students : 10 years after the 1989 movement

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Contemporary China

Publication Date

11-1-1999

Volume

8

Issue

22

First Page

381

Last Page

403

Keywords

College students, Polls & surveys, Politics, History, Political activism, China

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

Print ISSN

10670564

E-ISSN

14699400

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Recommended Citation

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