1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society

Edited By Kevin Latham Copyright 2020
    508 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    508 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary resource that offers a comprehensive overview of contemporary Chinese social and cultural issues in the twenty-first century.

    Bringing together experts in their respective fields, this cutting-edge survey of the significant phenomena and directions in China today covers a range of issues including the following:

    • State, privatisation and civil society
    • Family and education
    • Urban and rural life
    • Gender, and sexuality and reproduction
    • Popular culture and the media
    • Religion and ethnicity

    Forming an accessible and fascinating insight into Chinese culture and society, this handbook will be invaluable to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, area studies, history, politics and cultural and media studies.

    Part 1: State, Society and Education

    1. State and Privatisation, Dorothy J. Solinger

    2. Civil Society and its Challenges, Kin-man Chan

    3. Schooling in China, Rui Yang

    4. Migrant Children’s Education, Lisa Yiu

    5. Youth, Exams and the Pressure to Conform, Alex Cockain

    6. HIV/AIDS, Giulia Zoccatelli

    7. Language and the Construction of Difference, Qing Zhang and Priscilla Z. Shin

    Part 2: Urban China

    8. Rural Migrant Workers in Chinese Cities, Wanning Sun

    9. Urban Neighbourhoods, Stephan Feuchtwang

    10. Rural-Urban Migration and Social Differentiation in Urban China, Roberta Zavoretti

    Part 3: Rural China

    11. Social Transformation in Rural China, Hans Steinmüller

    12. Moral Discourse, Moral Practice and the Rural Family in Contemporary China, Ellen Oxfeld

    13. Popular resistance in Rural China, Zhang Wu

    14. Environmental and Social Change in Rural China, Anna Lora-Wainwright

    15. The Cultural Politics of Labour in Postsocialist China: The case of rural migrant workers, Eric Florence

    Part 4: Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction

    16. Prostitution and Masculinities, Tiantian Zheng

    17. One Child and More, Vanessa L. Fong, Dian Yu, and Yun Zhu

    18. Gender and the Other, Louisa Schein

    19. Patriarchies Old and New In Chinese Society, Riley

    Part 5: Popular Culture and Media

    20. Mobiles and Protest, Jun Liu

    21. Philanthropy, Celebrity and Governance in Mainland China, Elaine Jeffreys

    22. Corruption and Officialdom: Chinese Dynasty TV Drama as Political Discourse, Zhu Ying

    23. Microblogs and the Transformation of Political Debate, Nele Noesselt

    24. Screening Sexualities, Identities and Politics: Queer Cinema in Postsocialist China, Hongwei Bao

    25. Transformations of Chinese Cuisines, Jakob A. Klein

    26. Investigative Journalism in China, Jingrong Tong

    Part 6: Religion and Ethnicity

    27. Religion and Social Change in Reform-Era China, Adam Chau

    28. Christianity, Culture and Politics in Contemporary China, Francis Khek Gee Lim

    29. Ethnic Minorities and Religion, Katherine Swancutt

    30. Ethnic Identity and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Contemporary China, Enze Han


    Kevin Latham is Senior Lecturer in social anthropology at SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom.