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Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance, Third by Elizabeth J. Perry, Mark Selden

By Elizabeth J. Perry, Mark Selden

This bestselling advent to chinese language society makes use of the subjects of resistance and protest to discover the complexity of existence in modern China. An interdisciplinary and overseas staff of China students draw on views from sociology, anthropology, psychology, background and political technological know-how and covers a extensive diversity of matters. issues coated contain: labour and environmental disputes rural and ethnic clash migration criminal demanding situations highbrow and non secular dissidence competition to family members making plans. The newly revised, 3rd variation provides new chapters on gender and the relatives, and the reform of the Hukou approach hence supplying a entire textual content for either undergraduates and experts within the box, encouraging the reader to problem traditional pictures of latest chinese language society.

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For example, as Ching Kwan Lee points out, large-scale layoffs of workers in state-owned enterprises in the 1990s were disproportionately directed against older women, while Fei-ling Wang underscores the discriminatory treatment of rural migrants to the city. Patricia Thornton notes the high rates of Falun Gong membership among elderly and laid-off workers, and Uradyn Bulag draws attention to the loss of Mongol autonomy within the reform framework. Sara Friedman shows how young people in the 1990s defined ideals of progressive marriages in terms that resonated closely with earlier state-sponsored models of liberated socialist gender and family relations.

Resistance, revolution and China’s future Along with urbanization, commodification, rising per capita incomes and remarkable affluence for some, China’s reforms and their attendant economic growth have brought deepening social inequalities resulting in anxiety and anguish to many. What does this situation augur for the future of state–society relations? Is Chinese society a ticking time bomb, about to detonate the Communist state? Have the wide-ranging patterns of resistance and pressures for change from below generated a fundamental transformation in popular consciousness or in the state–society relationship?

Jiang Zemin’s strategy of divide and rule drew the attention of Deng Xiaoping. And after being tapped for central leadership during the 1989 protests, Jiang put this strategy to effective use in dealing with a wide range of potential challenges. g. Falun Gong and the China Democracy Party) that boast a socially and regionally diverse membership, or threaten to develop one. By contrast, it has shown considerable leniency toward conflicts—such as strikes by workers at a single factory or tax riots or environmental protests by farmers in a single village—that are more homogeneous in membership and locale.

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