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Chinese Society

Change, Conflict and Resistance, 3rd Edition

Edited by Elizabeth J. Perry, Mark Selden


344 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This bestselling introduction to Chinese society uses the themes of resistance and protest to explore the complexity of life in contemporary China. An interdisciplinary and international team of China scholars draw on perspectives from sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and political science and covers a broad range of issues.

Topics covered include:

  • labour and environmental disputes
  • rural and ethnic conflict
  • migration
  • legal challenges
  • intellectual and religious dissidence
  • opposition to family planning.

The newly revised, third edition adds two new chapters on gender and the family, and the reform of the Hukou system thus providing a comprehensive text for both undergraduates and specialists in the field, encouraging the reader to challenge conventional images of contemporary Chinese society.


Reviews of the second editon:

'This first rate collection will be indispensable reading for Scholars of Chinese society. Each of the book's uniformly excellent well-written and substantive chapters open by providing enough historical background onits specific topic to make it comprehensible enough to advanced undergraduates as well as the general informed reader.' - The China Journal

'I would recommend to all serious students who wish to begin studying this country.' - China Perspectives

'Should be read by all serious scholars of contemporary China.' - Asian Affairs

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reform and Resistance in Contemporary China 1. Rights & Resistance: The Changing Contexts of the Dissident Movement 2. The Revolution of Resistance 3. Pathways of Labor Activism 4. Contesting Rural Spaces: Land Disputes, Customary Tenure and the State 5. Conflict, Resistance, and the Reform of the Hukou System 6. The Externalities of Development: Can New Political Institutions Manage Rural Conflict? 7. Gender, Family and Resistance 8. Domination, Resistance and Accommodation in China's One-Child Campaign 9. Village Governance, Taxation and Resistence 10. Environmental Protests in Rural 11. Alter/Native Mongolian Identity: From Nationality to Ethnic Group 12. The New Cybersects: Popular Religion, Repression and Resistance13. Chinese Christianity: Indigenization and Conflict

About the Editors

Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky professor of Government at Harvard University. Her previous books include Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labour, Proletarian Power: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution, and Challenging the Mandate of Heaven: Social Protest and State Power in China.

Mark Selden is Senior Research Associate, Cornell University and a Coordinator of The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. His books include China in Revolution: The Yenan Wat Revisited, Chinese Village, Socialist State (with Edward Friedman and Paul Pickowicz), The Political Economy of Chinese Development and The Resurgence of East Asia: 500, 150 and 50 Year Perspectives (with Giovanni Arrighi

and Takeshi Hamashita).

About the Series

Asia's Transformations

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies