1st Edition

Reclaiming Chinese Society
The New Social Activism

ISBN 9780415491396
Published October 29, 2009 by Routledge
272 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

Reclaiming Chinese Society analyses the mechanisms, processes and actors producing a wide spectrum of social and cultural changes in reform China. Contrary to most literature that emphasizes economic and political processes at the expense of Chinese society, this volume argues for the centrality of the social in understanding Chinese development.

Each of the eleven chapters addresses one type of grassroots activism, covering feminist activism, civic environmentalism, religious revival, violence, film, media, intellectuals, housing, citizenship and deprivation.

The wide-range of research styles used in this collection, including ethnography, regional comparison, quantitative and statistical analysis, interviews, textual and content analysis, offers students a methodologically rich vista to China Studies.

Written by subject experts and covering all aspects of Chinese Society, this book offers an authoritative overview of Chinese society. It is an invaluable resource for courses on Chinese Society and culture and will be of interest to students and scholars in Chinese and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

1.  Social Activism in China: Micro-foundations, Local impetus and Global Resources Ching Kwan Lee and You-tien Hsing  Part 1: Politics of (Re)distribution  2. Urban Housing Mobilizations You-tien Hsing  3.Workers and the Quest for Citizenship Ching Kwan Lee  4. Barefoot Lawyers and Rural Conflicts Ying Xing  5. Peasant Resistance against Nature Reserves Melinda Herrold-Menzies   Part 2: Politics of Recognition  6. Feminist Networks Zheng Wang  7. Civic Environmentalism Guobin Yang  8. Religious Revival Richard Madsen  Part 3: Politics of Representation  9. Film as Cultural Politics Seio Nakajima  10. Bounded Innovations in the Media Zhongdang Pan  11. Inner City Culture Wars Maxwell Woodworth  12. Politics of Cultural Heritage Magnus Fiskesjo



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You-tien Hsing is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Ching Kwan Lee is a Professor of Sociology, UCLA, USA.