Roots of the State: Neighborhood Organization and Social Networks in Beijing and Taipei

Roots of the State: Neighborhood Organization and Social Networks in Beijing and Taipei

by Benjamin Read
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804775656

ISBN-13: 9780804775656

Pub. Date: 04/11/2012

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Most social science studies of local organizations tend to focus on "civil society" associations, voluntary associations independent from state control, whereas government-sponsored organizations tend to be theorized in totalitarian terms as "mass organizations" or manifestations of state corporatism. Roots of the State examines neighborhood associations in

Overview

Most social science studies of local organizations tend to focus on "civil society" associations, voluntary associations independent from state control, whereas government-sponsored organizations tend to be theorized in totalitarian terms as "mass organizations" or manifestations of state corporatism. Roots of the State examines neighborhood associations in Beijing and Taipei that occupy a unique space that exists between these concepts.

Benjamin L. Read views the work of the neighborhood associations he studies as a form of "administrative grassroots engagement." States sponsor networks of organizations at the most local of levels, and the networks facilitate governance and policing by building personal relationships with members of society. Association leaders serve as the state's designated liaisons within the neighborhood and perform administrative duties covering a wide range of government programs, from welfare to political surveillance. These partly state-controlled entities also provide a range of services to their constituents.

Neighborhood associations, as institutions initially created to control societies, may underpin a repressive regime such as China's, but they also can evolve to empower societies, as in Taiwan. This book engages broad and much-discussed questions about governance and political participation in both authoritarian and democratic regimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804775656
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
04/11/2012
Series:
Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xi
Note on Names, Terms, and Romanization....................xv
1. Introduction: Administration at the Grass Roots in East and Southeast Asia....................1
2. The Little Platoon: Structuring the Neighborhood....................31
3. Elections, Bogus and Bona Fide....................69
4. Power Relations at the Alley Level....................93
5. Perceptions and Interaction....................132
6. Thick Networks and State-Mobilized Volunteers....................168
8. The Landscape of Grassroots Administration: Comparative Cases....................237
9. Conclusion....................257
Appendix 1: Research Methods....................285
Appendix 2: Beyond the Two Capitals....................294
Notes....................301
References....................323
Index....................345

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