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Chinese Studies from the Perspective of Globalization

  • ID: 4036251
  • Book
  • Region: China
  • 350 pages
  • Paths International
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This book explores the China-related theories and themes of Chinese experience, which involves theoretical and paradigmatic reconstruction, Chinese rural and peasant studies, Chinese middle class and class divisions, along with Chinese youth and culture.

Pushed by the two driving forces of globalization and social transformation since 1978 when the policies of opening up and reform were implemented, great changes have taken place in Chinese society. Chinese experience and Chinese Feeling (- a term coined by the author to mean the mentality of Chinese peasants) formed in this transition represented respectively the macroscopic changes in the fields of Chinese economy and social structure, along with the microcosmic changes of Chinese values and social mentality. Starting from the both macroscopic and microcosmic approaches, the author explores the possibility of reconstructing theories and paradigms of Chinese Studies, in which he discusses the revolution taking place in rural areas and social psychological transformation of Chinese peasants, the formation and construction of the Chinese middle class, cultural reverse and the features of contemporary youth culture. 

 With rapid changes taking place in Chinese society over the past 35 years, particularly with the steady increase of the GDP of the Chinese economy, China, the former backward oriental country, has attracted increasingly more attention of the world, including the western countries. All the various views concerning China, like “theory on the rise of China”, “China threat theory”, or “Theory on China Thriving Alone”, so on and so forth, be they out of the kindness or hostility, are all expressing the same fact, that is, the global influence of China has changed greatly over the past 30 years. Apparently, the increase of this global influence of China will definitely exert multiple influences on Chinese Studies or Chinaology -- the regional studies originating in the 1950s from the United States having modern China as its research object, these influences may include the relative status of the discipline, the internationalization of its research, the transformation of its research paradigm, the significance of original theories, along with the issue of academic subjectivity emerging out of the massive joining in of Chinese scholars since China's opening up and reform, etc.

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Possible Stance and Paradigm Reconstruction in Contemporary Chinese Studies
International Perspective and the Local Significance of Chinese Studies
Exploring Chinese Experience and Chinese Feeling in the Context of Globalization
From 1951 to 1958: the Impetus for Agricultural Collectivization
Investigating the Political Participation of Chinese Peasants from the Perspective of the State-Society Relationship 
Tradition and Evolution: Social Psychology of Chinese Peasants
Influence of Migration Experiences and Urban Feelings on Chinese Peasants’ Modernity
Middle Class: Why and How can They Grow?
Middle Class Revisited: Theory, History and Typology of the Middle Class
Cultural Reverse: Parent-Child Transmission in a Transitional Society
Distortion of Dissemination
The State, Market and Society: Multi-dimensional Motivations of Qin Huai River Pollution Abatement
Evolution over the Sixty Years: Social Mentality and the Chinese Feeling

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ZHOU Xiaohong, had got his Bachelor's degree of Medicine, Master of Sociology and Doctor of Philosophy from Nanjing Medical College, Nankai University and Nanjing University respectively since 1977. He had been a visiting scholar at The Research Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard from 1999 to 2000, and a visiting professor at the Department of Sociology at Nagoya University (Japan) from 2009 to 2010. He is currently Dean of the School of Sociology at Nanjing University. He has been awarded Distinguished Professor for the Yangtze River Program initiated by the Ministry of Education of China. He is now holding a membership with the Sociology Discipline Appraisal Group in the State Council of China, while acting as vice president of Chinese Sociology Association and President of Chinese Social Psychology Association. In 2005, he founded the Journal of Chinese Studies (in Beijing) and acted as the Chief-editor. As one of the best-known sociologists, he published more than 100 research papers in influential journals, such as Social Sciences in China, Sociology Studies and Historical Research, more than 20 monographs and translated works in the field of sociology, and completed at least 16 research projects of various levels from The National Social Science Fund Project to research projects supported by well-known enterprises, such as Samsung.

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