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Law and Social Solidarity in Contemporary China
A Durkheimian Analysis

ISBN 9780367611781
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
290 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book adopts Durkheim’s legal perspective to treat law as a symbol of social solidarities to examine Chinese society.

The work analyzes changes in the nature of social solidarity from observing changes in laws, thus drawing together western socio-legal theory and distinctive Chinese conditions. It draws on Durkheim’s theoretical framework and methodology to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the role of law using theories of others such as Habermas and by taking into account the discussion of power and the conflicts of interests in analyzing key social features during transition. The analysis of social anomie in terms of the changes of juridical rules as well as the changes in the nature of social solidarity provides an inspiring perspective to look into contemporary social problems.

The book will be essential reading for researchers and academics working in the areas of socio-legal studies, legal theory and law and society in China.

Table of Contents


Chapter I Durkheim In China

Chapter Ii Understanding Law And Social Solidarity: A Reworking Of Durkheimian Themes

Chapter Iii Changes In Repressive Laws In China

Chapter Iv Changes In Collective Consciousness And Mechanical Solidarity Of China

Chapter V Changes In Restitutive Laws In China

Chapter Vi Changes In Organic Solidarity Of China

Chapter Vii Features Of Social Phenomena In Chinese Society And Reflections On Durkheim’s Theory


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Han Peng is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Hong Kong Lingnan University, Hong Kong.