Realms of Freedom in Modern China

Realms of Freedom in Modern China

by William Kirby
     
 

ISBN-10: 080475232X

ISBN-13: 9780804752329

Pub. Date: 03/24/2005

Publisher: Stanford University Press


The fifteenth and final volume of the series The Making of Modern Freedom, this book explores a variety of issues surrounding questions of human rights and freedom in China. The chapters suggest very significant realms of freedom, with or without the protection of law, in the personal, social, and economic lives of people in China before the twentieth…  See more details below

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The fifteenth and final volume of the series The Making of Modern Freedom, this book explores a variety of issues surrounding questions of human rights and freedom in China. The chapters suggest very significant realms of freedom, with or without the protection of law, in the personal, social, and economic lives of people in China before the twentieth century. This was recognized, and partly codified, in the early twentieth century, when legal experts sought to establish a republic of laws and limits. The process of legal reform, however, would be placed firmly in the service of strengthening the post-imperial Chinese nation-state, culminating after 1949 in despotism unparalleled in Chinese history. Nevertheless, the last decades of the twentieth century and the first years of our own would witness a slow, steady, but unmistakable reassertion of realms of personal and communal autonomy that show, even in an era of strong states, at least the prospect of institutionalized freedoms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804752329
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2005
Series:
The Making of Modern Freedom Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction1
1The Moral Autonomy of the Individual in Confucian Tradition19
2Chinese Law and Liberty in Comparative Historical Perspective44
3Economic Freedom in Late Imperial China57
4Rights, Freedoms, and Customs in the Making of Chinese Civil Law, 1900-193684
5The Chinese Part-State under Dictatorship and Democracy on the Mainland and on Taiwan113
6Worker's Patrols in the Chinese Revolution: A Case of Institutional Inversion139
7Discourses of Dissent in Post-Imperial China165
8The Stalinization of the People's Republic of China198
9Have You Eaten? Have You Divorced? Debating the Meaning of Freedom in Marriage in China234
10Realms of Freedom in Post-Mao China264
11Worship, Teachings, and State Power in China and Taiwan285
Notes317
Index383

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