1st Edition

Post-Western Sociology - From China to Europe

Edited By Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Li Peilin Copyright 2018
    330 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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