Introduction: Reconsidering Chinese citizenship: cultural roots and cultural reach

Zhenzhou ZHAO, Canglong WANG, Zhonghua GUO

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The study of citizenship in China has become popular not only as a research topic but also as a praxis that seeks to influence citizenship-related policies and address structural injustice. Analysis of the trajectory of developing citizenship research over the decades indicates that scholarship focusing on socioeconomic injustice has affected various policy actions, and the struggle associated with the cultural dimension of citizenship seems to have intensified. This special issue deconstructs the state’s monolithic interpretation of culture and examines the cultural underpinnings of citizenship discourse and practice in China. We take a broad view of cultural traditions, which have been deeply rooted throughout history and have shaped the underlying relationships between the state, society, and citizens in modern China. The articles in this special issue reveal the culture-informed citizenship practices enacted by various actors, including the government forces, cultural minorities, and grassroots activists. They suggest that spirituality is a site of experiencing and negotiating citizenship in the Chinese context. Copyright © 2023 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-636
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number6
Early online dateDec 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


Zhao, Z., Wang, C., & Guo, Z. (2023). Introduction: Reconsidering Chinese citizenship: cultural roots and cultural reach. Citizenship Studies, 27(6), 623-636.


  • Chinese citizenship
  • Cultural citizenship
  • Spirituality
  • Nationalism


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