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Routledge Research on the Politics and Sociology of China

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The modern Chinese state has traditionally affected every major aspect of the domestic society. With the growing liberalization of the economy, coupled with an increasing complexity of social issues, there is a belief that the state is retreating from an array of social problems from health to the environment. Yet, as we survey China’s social and political landscape today we see not only is the central state playing an active role in managing social problems, but state actors at the local level, and non-state actors, such as social organizations and private enterprises, are emerging.

Coiled in this environment, this book series is interested in examining the politics and sociology of contemporary China. The series will engage with research that explores the intricacies of institutional interactions, and analysis of micro-level actors who are shaping China’s future.

The book series seeks to promote a discourse and analysis that views state and society as contested spaces for power, authority, and legitimacy. As a guiding principle, the series is notably interested in books that utilizes China as a laboratory for confirming, modifying or rejecting existing mainstream theories in politics and sociology.

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Discourse, Rhetoric and Shifting Political Behaviour in China

Discourse, Rhetoric and Shifting Political Behaviour in China

1st Edition

Edited By Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova
October 02, 2023

Using political discourse analysis, this book examines the extent to which the salient approaches of previous leadership generations have translated into present day policies shepherded in by Xi Jinping. On the strategic political level, the book includes comparisons of China's recent leadership ...

Xi Jinping's Anticorruption Campaign The Politics of Revenge

Xi Jinping's Anticorruption Campaign: The Politics of Revenge

1st Edition

By Steven P. Feldman
May 05, 2023

Through empirical analysis and conceptual development, this book analyzes the political psychology of Xi Jinping's Anticorruption Campaign and its role in the Chinese political system. Using Nietzsche’s concept of ressentiment and data collected from direct fieldwork, the book analyzes the ...

The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China A Power Perspective

The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China: A Power Perspective

1st Edition

By Qian Wei
December 16, 2022

This book is the first monograph to provide a multilevel analysis of power dynamics underlying the governance of philanthropic foundations in the authoritarian context of China. As a special kind of organization with a democratic culture, Chinese foundations’ governance is under more pressure than ...

Ethnicity and Inequality in China

Ethnicity and Inequality in China

1st Edition

Edited By Björn A. Gustafsson, Reza Hasmath, Sai Ding
August 01, 2022

This book analyses the behaviour of ethnic minority groups in China using the first comprehensive national dataset dedicated to capturing the socio-economic profile of ethnic minorities: the China Household Ethnicity Survey (CHES). Managing ethnic diversity in China has become an increasingly ...

The Politics of Protestant Churches and the Party-State in China God Above Party?

The Politics of Protestant Churches and the Party-State in China: God Above Party?

1st Edition

By Carsten Vala
September 01, 2017

Among China’s restive religious and social groups, Protestants have arguably created the most sustained structural challenges to the Chinese Communist Party’s ordering of society. By drawing on grassroots fieldwork conducted across the country, this book therefore charts the ambition of the ...

Chongqing’s Red Culture Campaign Simulation and its Social Implications

Chongqing’s Red Culture Campaign: Simulation and its Social Implications

1st Edition

By Xiao Mei
July 11, 2017

Between 2009 and 2012, the city of Chongqing came into the national, and even international spotlight, as it became the geographical centre of the ‘Singing Red, Smashing Black’ campaign, and later the political storm that swept China. Chongqing’s Red Culture Campaign drew an incredible amount of ...

Social Entrepreneurship and Citizenship in China The rise of NGOs in the PRC

Social Entrepreneurship and Citizenship in China: The rise of NGOs in the PRC

1st Edition

By Carolyn L. Hsu
January 26, 2017

Over the last thirty years, social entrepreneurship has boomed in the People’s Republic of China. Today there are hundreds of thousands of legally registered NGOs, and millions more unregistered, working in the areas of the environment, education, women’s issues, disability services, community ...

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