Between the Concept of Rights and the Philosophy of Ethics: An Investigation on the Concept of Marriage of Chinese Lesbians


This article examines the issue of how the Chinese citizen makes a choice when a confliction appears between the pursuit towards rights and the obedience to the code of ethics, and compared with the effects of rights concept why the constraint of ethics as a Chinese typical traditional cultural system exerts much more influence on Chinese citizen’s concept and behavior. It is clarified from a new and unique perspective through investigating the marriage concept of the Chinese lesbian. It is no doubt that it is indeed a new and meaningful perspective to explore Chinese citizen’s concept of rights and philosophy of ethics from the discussion of the marriage concept of Chinese lesbian. As a typical minority group living in a country which is mainly characterized as a compliance with rules, regulations and traditions in a relatively conservative traditional cultural system, Chinese lesbians have to have been struggling to make a balance between fighting for basic human rights and subjecting themselves to the frameworks of ethics in order to more or less reduce the rate of social damages to them and live safely and happily by basic human rights. For this article, four quite typical Chinese lesbians are selected to conduct deeply interviews on their marriage concepts respectively. Besides, as a case study, the author not only makes full use of and synthesizes existing surveys and previous studies in the field, but has been last for two years to far more collect relative data and materials.

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Shu Qi, China University of Political Science and Law, China
Jingya Sun, University of Bordeaux, France

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Conference: ACAS2015
Stream: Chinese Studies

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