China In An Era Of Transition

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Overview

China’s achievements and failures are often viewed in a vacuum, where little thought is given to the interrelatedness of social issues from both state and society perspectives. Given the continued dominance of the Chinese state in so many aspects of society, the contributors of this collection present a nuanced view of Chinese state-society relationship to resituate our understanding of the social challenges facing China. Suffice to say, while the state is dominant, the role of social actors is critical to the future of China’s development. Thirty years of unrelenting economic development has created a range of social issues that China needs to contend with to ensure it does not hamper future growth. Nonetheless, factors such as urbanization, the marginalization of social groups, the emergence and influence of the business elites, and the potential for dissent of internet users, present interesting challenges and insights into the workings between state and society.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[The] well-organized chapters offer important perspectives and fresh insights from a number of crucial vantage-points. . .the volume may very well be used as an introductory text in class, but will also be read with much benefit by specialists in the respective sub-fields addressed.”—Björn Alpermann, Jourbanal of Chinese Political Science

“It is impossible to understand China's impact on global relations without understanding the interplay of the power structures that shape Chinese society.  China in an Era of Transition provides important micro-analyses – on topics that range from intellectuals and ethnic minorities, to entrepreneurs and internet bloggers – illuminating the tensions that underlie the Chinese economic juggernaut; and in so doing, shatters the myth of the monolithic and unitary China.”— Professor Benjamin Ho, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University

China in an Era of Transition provides a detailed insight into the different social issues affecting state-society relations since the adoption of market reforms in 1978.  The findings throughout the chapters are well-grounded in empirical research and offer the reader a timely understanding of state-society interactions.”— Professor Fachun Du, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230613508
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Reza Hasmath (PhD, Cambridge) is a Lecturer in Chinese Politics at the University of Oxford. He has worked for various think-tanks, development agencies, and NGOs in Canada, USA, UK, Australia and China, and was previously based at the Universities of Toronto and Melbourbane. His current research can be summarized in threefold: (1) examining the education and labour market experiences of ethnic minorities in the Canadian, American, Australian and Chinese contexts; (2) assessing the theories and practices of international development, and differential treatment in international society; and, (3) analyzing evolving state-NGO relationships in China, and its policy-specific implications. 

Jennifer Hsu is a specialist in development studies at the University of Cambridge. She has published research looking at the development of civil society organizations in China, including HIV/AIDS, and the changing nature of Chinese state-society relationship in an era of socioeconomic reforms. Her current research examines the development of migrant nongovernmental organizations in China.

Contributors

Carrie Liu Currier is an Assistant Professor at Texas Christian University. She has published several articles on the gendered effects of market reforms.

Xiaogang Deng is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the Director of Criminal Justice Program. His teaching and research interests include statistics, criminology, deterrence, research methods, and deviance.

Junhao Hong is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also a Research Associate of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. His main research interests include media and society, communication and development, and new information technology and its impact, with a focus on China and East Asian countries.

Jennifer Hubbert is based in the Department of Anthropology, Lewis and Clark College. Her most recent work has been on historical memory and public culture in China. She is currently studying the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and is working on a book about generational narratives of nationalism among Chinese intellectuals and on a paper addressing the recent growth of Chinese historical theme parks.

Andrea Leverentz is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Ian Morley is based in the Department of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is author of numerous papers on urbanism and civic design.

Paul Thiers is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington State University where he teaches international political economy, comparative politics, and environmental policy in the program in public affairs.  His research focuses on the political, economic, and environmental consequences of interaction between global forces and local political economy in China.

Joshua Su-Ya Wu is based in the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University. His research focuses are East Asia, a culturally sound and contextually relevant approach to study Asia’s international relations and Asia’s strategic balance.

Jing Yang is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.

Lening Zhang is an Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Saint Francis University. He has published approximately 50 articles and a co-edited book, Crime and Social Control in a Changing China.

Li Zhang is a Professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policies at Fudan University. His research areas include migration, urban, and regional development in China. He has published a number of articles in academic jourbanals, such as China Quarterly, International Jourbanal of Urban and Regional Research, Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Geoforum, Habitat International, International Regional Science Review, Asian Survey, and China Economic Review.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Reza HASMATH and Jennifer HSU * Reclaiming Authority: The Narrative Politics of Lost Privilege in Contemporary * China —Jennifer HUBBERT * The Gendered Effects of Market Reforms—Carrie Liu CURRIER * Developing Minority Nationalities in Contemporary Urban China—Reza HASMATH * Abstracting the City: Urbanization and the ‘Opening-Up’ Process in China—Ian MORLEY * The Dual System of Land Use Policy and its Related Problems in Contemporary China—Xiaogang DENG—Lening ZHANG, Andrea LEVERENTZ * Contesting Urban Space: Development of Chengzhongcun in China’s Transitional Cities—Li ZHANG * A State Creation? Civil Society and Migrant Organizations—Jennifer HSU * Stretching Away from the State: NGO Emergence and Dual Identity in a Chinese Government Institution—Paul THIERS * Red Capitalist: The Rising Chinese Private Entrepreneurs—Jing YANG * The Taiwanese Business Community: A Catalyst or Virus for Chinese Development—Joshua Su-Ya WU * China’s Cyber Forums and their Influence on Foreign Policymaking—Junhao HONG * List of Contributors

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