Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Societies / Edition 1

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The Chinese economy today is the world's fastest-growing economy and, according to the World Bank, is on a course to overtake the U.S. economy within the next two decades. Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Societies looks at what gives China's economy such dynamism, focusing its study on Chinese firms and economic organization in contemporary and historical China, and within the neighbouring countries of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Incorporating empirical data collated from interviews in several Asian societies and from historical Chinese sources, this renowned author analyses, discusses and applies an organizational approach, derived from the writings of Max Weber, to explore the various aspects of Chinese economic practice and how these contrast to those found in Japan and the West.

The book's eleven chapters provide historical, comparative and theoretically informed perspectives on the spread of Chinese capitalism, with emphasis on the difference between Western and Chinese forms of capitalism. Including sections on China's pre-industrial economy as well as the growth of modern Chinese capitalism, this collection will be a valuable resource for students of Asian and Chinese studies as well as those concerned with the economics of Chinese societies.

About the Author:
Gary G. Hamilton is a Professor of Sociology and of International Studies at the University of Washington

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'Hamilton writes and argues well, keeps jargon to a minimum, and demonstrates a good sense of problems and issues.' - The China Journal, No.57
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415157056
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking the Economic Sociology of East Asian Capitalism Part 1: China's Pre-Industrial Economy in Comparative Perspective 1. Civilizations and the Organization of Economies 2. Why No Capitalism in China: Negative Questions in Comparative Historical Sociology 3. Chinese Consumption of Foreign Commodities 4. Commerce and the Organization of China's Late Imperial Economy Part 2: Chinese Capitalism in Asia 5. Hong Kong and the Rise of Capitalism in Asia 6. A Reassessment of the "Asian Miracle": U.S. Retailers and Asian Manufacturers 7. Reflexive Manufacturing: Taiwan's Integration in the Global Economy 8. Asian Business Networks in Transition, or What Alan Greenspan Does Not Know about the Asian Financial Crisis 9. Reciprocity and Control: The Organization of Chinese Family-Owned Conglomerates 10. Competition and Organization: A Reexamination of Chinese Business Practices 11. Ethnicity and Capitalist Development: The Changing Role of the Chinese in Thailand

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