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Routledge Studies on China in Transition


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The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Prostitution Scandals in China Policing, Media and Society

Prostitution Scandals in China: Policing, Media and Society

1st Edition

By Elaine Jeffreys
May 31, 2017

Prostitution Scandals in China presents an examination of media coverage of prostitution-related scandals in contemporary China. It demonstrates that the subject of prostitution is not only widely debated, but also that these public discussions have ramifications for some of the key social, legal ...

Rural Policy Implementation in Contemporary China New Socialist Countryside

Rural Policy Implementation in Contemporary China: New Socialist Countryside

1st Edition

By Anna Ahlers
April 27, 2017

At the turn of the millennium, the disparities between rural and urban livelihoods, underdevelopment and administrative shortcomings in the Chinese countryside were increasingly seen as posing a manifest threat to social harmony and economic and political stability. At that time the term "three ...

China's Cinema of Class Audiences and Narratives

China's Cinema of Class: Audiences and Narratives

1st Edition

By Nicole Talmacs
February 09, 2017

China’s commercial film industry can be used as a map to understand how class is interwoven into the imaginations that inform and influence social change in Chinese society. Film consumption is important in this process, particularly for young adult urbanites that are China’s primary commercial ...

Elites and Governance in China

Elites and Governance in China

1st Edition

Edited By Xiaowei Zang, Chien-Wen Kou
March 03, 2016

This book reveals the complex relationship between elite perceptions and behaviour, and governance, in China. It moves away from existing scholarship by focusing on functionaries, grass-roots elites, leading intellectuals, and opinion-makers in China and by looking beyond the top leadership, makes ...

New Mentalities of Government in China

New Mentalities of Government in China

1st Edition

Edited By David Bray, Elaine Jeffreys
January 21, 2016

China continues to transform apace, flowing from the forces of deregulation, privatization and globalization unleashed by economic reforms which began in late 1978. The dramatic scope of economic change in China is often counterposed to the apparent lack of political change as demonstrated by ...

Dams, Migration and Authoritarianism in China The Local State in Yunnan

Dams, Migration and Authoritarianism in China: The Local State in Yunnan

1st Edition

By Sabrina Habich
December 07, 2015

Past studies on the Chinese state point towards the inherent adaptability, effectiveness and overall stability of authoritarian rule in China. The key question addressed here is how this adaptive capacity plays out at the local level in China, clarifying the extent to which local state actors are ...

Rural Tax Reform in China Policy Processes and Institutional Change

Rural Tax Reform in China: Policy Processes and Institutional Change

1st Edition

By Linda Chelan Li
October 29, 2015

This book examines questions of change and inertia in the context of the longstanding grievances over excessive taxation in rural China. How can some changes be sustained, whilst others cannot? How can a longstanding administrative practice be changed or even terminated, especially when previous ...

Chinese Intellectuals Between State and Market

Chinese Intellectuals Between State and Market

1st Edition

Edited By Merle Goldman, Edward Gu
July 20, 2015

This edited volume describes the intellectual world that developed in China in the last decade of the twentieth century. How, as China's economy changed from a centrally planned to a market one, and as China opened up to the outside world and was influenced by the outside world, Chinese ...

China's Cotton Industry Economic Transformation and State Capacity

China's Cotton Industry: Economic Transformation and State Capacity

1st Edition

By Björn Alpermann
February 27, 2015

The cotton processing industry is a distinct sector of China’s rural economy which recently underwent a momentous transition from plan to market. China is the world’s largest producer as well as consumer of cotton, and cotton processing links the agricultural production of this important commodity ...

Small Town China Rural Labour and Social Inclusion

Small Town China: Rural Labour and Social Inclusion

1st Edition

By Beatriz Carrillo Garcia
February 27, 2015

While much has been written about rural migrant workers’ experiences in the big cities, population movements into China’s vast network of towns and small cities has been largely neglected. This book presents a detailed case study of rural migrant workers experiences in a small town in a north China...

Unequal China The political economy and cultural politics of inequality

Unequal China: The political economy and cultural politics of inequality

1st Edition

Edited By Wanning Sun, Yingjie Guo
February 27, 2015

Economic development and a dramatic improvement in living standards in many parts of the People’s Republic of China during the past three decades of economic reforms have been hailed by the Chinese Communist Party and many commentators in the international arena as the most spectacular achievements...

Young Chinese in Urban China

Young Chinese in Urban China

1st Edition

By Alex Cockain
February 27, 2015

This book examines the condition of being a young person in China and the way in which changes in various dimensions of urban life have affected Chinese youths' quests to understand themselves. The author examines social factors such as changes in the physical construction of urban neighbourhoods; ...

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