Sedated by Progress: Nostalgia as a Force for Self-continuity in Contemporary Shenzhen

dc.contributor.advisorWhite, Richard
dc.contributor.authorWester, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWester, Charles
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-16T12:56:14Z
dc.date.available2017-01-01T09:40:32Z
dc.date.issued2016-05-10en_US
dc.degree.committeeYuan, Jinmeien_US
dc.degree.committeeFajardo-Acosta, Fidelen_US
dc.degree.disciplineLiberal Studies (graduate program)en_US
dc.degree.grantorGraduate Schoolen_US
dc.degree.levelMA (Master of Arts)en_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Liberal Studiesen_US
dc.description.abstractScholars in different disciplines hold vastly different views of nostalgia, a powerful, pan-cultural emotional longing for an idealized past. This thesis bridges the conceptual gap between theoretical and scientific understandings of nostalgia, balancing the view of nostalgia as important to psychological health with its susceptibility to cooptation by outside forces. The example of Shenzhen, China illustrates how nostalgia enables people who feel alienated by “progress” to thrive in the face of rapid change by fostering a sense of personal and collective self-continuity. Nostalgia can be harnessed by powerful forces to project the present and future as the inheritance of a golden past. As an emotion, nostalgia does not serve any specific set of interests; its malleability makes it a tool for a wide array of politically diverse causes.en_US
dc.description.noteProQuest Traditional Publishing Optionen_US
dc.embargo.liftdate2017-01-01
dc.embargo.terms2017-01-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/87658
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCreighton Universityen_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is retained by the Author. A non-exclusive distribution right is granted to Creighton University and to ProQuest following the publishing model selected above.en_US
dc.rights.holderCharles Westeren_US
dc.titleSedated by Progress: Nostalgia as a Force for Self-continuity in Contemporary Shenzhenen_US
dc.typeThesis
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