This book looks at the transition of modern Chinese society in terms of its culture and literature. Since the economic reforms and open door policy in 1978, the Chinese society has undergone a drastic transformation. It is headed towards becoming an ultra-modern advanced society and a world superpower. Among the pillars of great change are the advances in technology and communication that have reshaped Chinese society. This volume explores China’s march towards modernity in the 21st century as defined by its own terms. It discusses China’s social structure, ageing population, gender stratification, marriages, cultural identity, cosmopolitanism, its history of communism, law, economic reforms, financial institutions and challenges of the global markets. The book sheds light on Chinese literature and media and brings out various facets of social changes across time.
With its topical debates and issues, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of Chinese studies, East Asian studies, geopolitics, area studies, international relations, politics and foreign policy, along with think tanks and those in media and journalism.
Table of Contents
1 Changing society in China: debates and issues
2 China’s economy in transition
3 Growth itinerary of China’s rural economy and the way ahead: past contributions, present challenges and future opportunities for financial institutions
Amit Ranjan Sharma
4 Continuity, integration or metamorphosis? Retracing the evolution of China’s social structure and cultural identity through history
5 Greying China: challenges and solutions
6 Interpreting law in China: history, communism and economic reforms
Abhishek Pratap Singh
7 Foreign nationals and Chinese-foreign marriages in cosmopolitan China: statistics, state policies and media discourse (2000–2012)
8 Gender stratification in literature and media in post-Mao China
9 Love and society in the works of Zhang Jie and Shen Rong
10 The use of Lenin in Chinese Sovietology in the 1990s
Geeta Kochhar is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She received her doctorate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She was awarded the Asia Fellowship for research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China, and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India’s India–China Bilateral Cultural Exchange Scholarship. She was Visiting Professor, Fudan Development Institute, Fudan University, China; Visiting Professor, Institute of Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, Vietnam; Visiting Professor, University of São Paulo, Brazil; and Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, India. She has edited China’s Foreign Policy and Security Dimensions (2018) and co-edited Unique Asian Triangle: India, China, Nepal (2016), India–China–Nepal: Decoding Trilateralism (2016) and Nepal’s Foreign Policy and Her Neighbours (2016). She has also co-authored 1000 Powerful Chinese Lexicon: Chinese, English, Hindi (2017).