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State and Society in 21st Century China

Crisis, Contention and Legitimation, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen


280 pages

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Written by a team of leading China scholars, this book explores the dynamics of state power and legitimation in twenty-first century China, and the implications of changing state-society relations for the future viability of the People's Republic. Key subjects covered include:

  • the legitimacy of the Communist Party
  • state-society relations
  • ethnic and religious resistance
  • rural and urban contention
  • nationalism
  • popular and youth culture
  • prospects for democracy.


'State and Society in 21st-Century China is an anthology of excellent articles.' - International Affairs

Table of Contents

Introduction: Popular Protest and State Legitimation in Twenty-First Century China 1. Legitimacy Crisis in China? 2. The New Crowd of the Disposessed: The Shift of the Urban Proletariat from Master to Mendicant 3. Society's Masters' Struggle to Survive: State Workers, Joblessness and Contention in Post-Deng China 4. Comrades and Collectives in Arms: Tax Resistance, Evasion and Avoidance Strategies in Post-Mao China 5. Neither Contained nor Transgressive: Boundary-Spanning Contention in China6. The China Democracy Party, Intellectuals and the Politics of Protest 7. Who Does the Party Represent? From 'Three Revolutionary Classes' to 'Three Represents' 8. The State of Youth/Youth and the State in Early Twenty-First Century China 9. Popular Nationalism and State Legitimation 10. Seeking Legitimacy Through Art: China's Plunge into the International Cultural Economy 11. What Is China? Who Is Chinese? Han-Minority Relations, Legitimacy and the State 12. State and Society in Transitions From Communism: China in Comparative Perspective

About the Editors

Peter Hays Gries is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the university of Colorado, Boulder and Co-Director of the Sino-American Security Dialogue. He is author of China's New Nationalism: Pride, Politics and Diplomacy.

Stanley Rosen is Professor in the School of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He has published widely on China and his books include: Red Guard Factionalism and the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou and Policy Conflicts in Post-Mao China: A Documentary Survey with Analysis.

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:
HISTORY / Asia / China
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General