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Post-Western Sociology - From China to Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Li Peilin


330 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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This book is rooted in an epistemological approach to sociology in which the boundaries between Western and non-Western sociologies are acknowledged and built on. It argues that knowledge is organised in conceptual spaces linked to paradigms and programmes which in turn are linked to ethnocentred knowledge processes; that until recently Western approaches, including Post-Colonial, French Social Science and American approaches, have dominated non-Western theories; and that Western theories have sometimes seemed incapable of explaining phenomena produced in other societies. It goes on to argue that the blurring of boundaries between Western and non-Western sociologies is very important; and that such a Post-Western approach will mean co-production and co-construction of common knowledge, the recognition of ignored or forgotten scientific cultures and a "global change" in sociology which imposes theoretical and methodological detours, displacements, reversals and conversions. The book brings together a wide range of Western and Chinese sociologists who explore the consequences of this new approach in relation to many different issues and aspects of sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Doing Post-Western Sociology

Laurence Roulleau-Berger

Part 1 : Globalization and Post-Westernization of Sociology

Chapter 1 - Post-Western Sociology and Global Revolution

Laurence Roulleau-Berger

Chapter 2 - Post-Western Sociology And Contemporary Chinese Sociology

Li Peilin and Wei Jianwen

Chapter 3 - Construction of China’s Sociological Theory

Xie Lizhong

Chapter 4 - Between Charybdis and Scylla: French Social Thought Faces Globalization

Stephane Dufoix

Chapter 5 - Locations and Locutions : Unravelling the Concept of "World Anthropology"

Andrew Brandel and Geneva-Veena Das.

Chapter 6- Chicago School and his influence in Chinese Sociology

Zhou Xiaohong and Tong Yali,

Chapter 7 - The Globalization of Critical Theories. An Essay in the Sociology of Ideas

Razmig Keucheyan

Part 2 : Sociological traditions in Europe and in China

Chapter 8 - Another 30 years: Society Building from the Perspective of Transition Sociology

Shen Yuan

Chapter 9 - Social differenciation and dispositional plurality

Bernard Lahire

Chapter 10 - Back to historical views, reconstructing the sociological imagination: The new tradition of classical and historical studies in the modern Chinese transformation

Qu Jingdong

Chapter 11 - Returning Back to Space-Based Sociology: Inheriting Professor Fei Hsiao-Tung’s Academic Heritage

Liu Neng

Chapter 12 - A new view on Institution: a neo-durkheimian point of view

Michel Lallement, 

Chapter 13 - Totalitarian Experience and Knowledge Production Sociology in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1989

Svetla Koleva

Chapter 14 - The measurement of Guanxi Circles

Luo Jarde

Part 3 : Modernities, agency and individuation

Chapter 15 - How to study the individuals in the South? The Latin-American case

Danilo Martuccelli

Chapter 16 - Domination and agency

Christine Detrez

Chapter 17 - Understanding Chinese Social Relations from the Perspective of "Guanxi"

Yang Yiyin

Chapter 18 - What makes society Uncertainty an analyser of mutation in France

Michel Kokoreff

Chapter 19 - An Alternative Autonomy: The Self-adaptations of Chinese Sociology in the 1950s

He Yijin

Chapter 20 - Ethnicity and Individuation

Ahmed Boubeker

About the Editors

Laurence Roulleau-Berger is a sociologist and Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), École Nationale Supérieure (ENS) Lyon, Triangle, France

Li Peilin is Professor of Sociology at and Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies