The Privatization of Ambition in China: A History

Podcast 31. Mai 2023

Biao Xiang | Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle

How has individual ambition – the desire to improve one’s life chances – driven China’s remarkable growth over the last forty years, and subsequently become a source of the widespread feeling of powerlessness, especially among the youth? To address this question, Xiang provides a history of ambition in China with a focus on its “privatization”.

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