The paradox of power: Conceptions of power and the relations of reason and emotion in European and Chinese culture

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Journal of Political Power, ISSN: 2158-379X, Vol: 6, Issue: 3, Page: 405-418

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Barbalet, Jack Michael; Qi, Xiaoying
Informa UK Limited; Taylor & Francis; Routledge
Social Sciences; social structure ; Kinship ; Daodejing ; submissiveness; wuwei; social structure; kinship; Daodejing; submissiveness; wuwei (effortless action); culture; european; emotion; chinese; reason; paradox; relations; conceptions; power; Chinese Studies; Sociology; Arts and Humanities; Law; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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A historical consequence of power relations in European culture has been a dichotomy of reason and emotion. This pattern did not arise in China, one of the oldest and most enduring structures of power in human history. The social basis of the Chinese concept of xin (heart-mind) is considered in this paper, and a discussion of a characteristic Chinese conception of power is also presented. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.