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China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State and Society Actors

China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State and Society Actors

by R. Hasmath, J. Hsu


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Given the dominance of the Chinese state in so many aspects of society, this collectionconsiders factors such as urbanization, the marginalization of social groups, the emergence of the business elites and the dissent of internet users,to resituate understanding of the social challenges facing China.

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ISBN-13: 9780230613508
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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 Melbourne. 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.


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 journals, such as China Quarterly, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Geoforum, Habitat International, International Regional Science Review, Asian Survey, and China Economic Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction; R.Hasmath & J.Hsu Reclaiming Authority: The Narrative Politics of Lost Privilege in Contemporary China; J.Hubbert The Gendered Effects of Market Reforms; C.L.Currier Developing Minority Nationalities in Contemporary Urban China; R.Hasmath Abstracting the City: Urbanization and the 'Opening-Up' Process in China; I.Morley The Dual System of Land Use Policy and its Related Problems in Contemporary China; X.Deng , L.Zhang & A.Leverentz Contesting Urban Space: Development of Chengzhongcun in China's Transitional Cities; L.Zhang A State Creation? Civil Society and Migrant Organizations; J.Hsu Stretching Away from the State: NGO Emergence and Dual Identity in a Chinese Government Institution; P.Thiers Red Capitalist: The Rising Chinese Private Entrepreneurs; J.Yang The Taiwanese Business Community: A Catalyst or Virus for Chinese Development; J.Su-Ya Wu China's Cyber Forums and their Influence on Foreign Policymaking; J.Hong List of Contributors

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