chapter  2
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A discourse construction based on the discursive spaces of contemporary Confucianism

When speaking in the introduction of the complex heterogeneous structures that we call discursive spaces, what we were trying to convey was how variable their intellectual scope is, since they are constantly being modified by the characteristics of the different elements that constitute them and the evolution of the discourses that interact within them. When analysing the process of construction of a discourse – in this case, the discourse of New Confucianism – it is a great help to know how to identify the main discursive spaces in which this discourse acts as an influential element, clearly differentiated from the other discourses that converge upon it, with which it argues, engages in dialogue, and interacts. We also said at the beginning that it is the affinity rather than the coherence that positions the different elements of a discursive space in a relationship with each other; and it is this characteristic that makes discursive spaces remarkably flexible, which is why they have become an inexhaustible intellectual source for these discourses and, at the same time, their spheres of philosophical and ideological influence.