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Reclaiming Chinese Society

The New Social Activism, 1st Edition

Edited by You-tien Hsing, Ching Kwan Lee


272 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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Subject Categories

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