Transcending westernization and localization: substance and direction of the construction of a sociological discourse with Chinese characteristics in the new era

HONG Dayong1

(1.School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China)

【Abstract】Sociology with Chinese characteristics in the new era needs to be firm with its direction, responds to practical needs, adjusts its development strategy, pays attention to the construction of discourse and strengthens the influence of the discipline. The degree of maturity of a disciplinary discourse depends largely on the degree of the discipline’s development. The construction of sociological discourse with Chinese characteristics needs to recognize the difference and relationship between it and localization of sociology in China, in order to transcend westernization and localization of sociology. Guided by scientific thoughts, we should aim at promoting and guiding the development of sociology around the world, increasing its ability to respond to major issues, as well as increasing the influence of Chinese sociological discourse. It is a long-term systematic effort to accelerate the construction of sociological discourse with Chinese characteristics, encompassing a variety of projects, such as promoting the guiding ideology, the academic system, talent training, international exchanges and scholars’ abilities.

【Keywords】 new era ; sociology with Chinese characteristics; discourse system; localization; Marxism;


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    [1]. ① Researcher Jing once pointed out that the ancient and modern problems in China and the Western countries were fundamental and inevitable in Chinese sociology. If this problem was avoided, the so-called Chinese sociology could not be established, or even if it was established, such sociology would never have Chinese styles or Chinese manner, nor could it answer the special questions related to China (Jing, 2014). [^Back]

    [2]. ① In this regard, some scholars have carried out special studies. Among them, Researcher Jing explored the historical and cultural roots of Chinese sociology and tried to propose a conceptual system (Jing, 2017). [^Back]


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CN: 11-1100/C

Vol 33, No. 01, Pages 1-16+242

January 2018


Article Outline



  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The basic connotation of the discourse system of sociology with Chinese characteristics
  • 3 Constructing a sociological discourse system with Chinese characteristics is a systematic project
  • 4 Key requirements for accelerating the development of sociology with Chinese characteristics in the new era
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