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Chinese Society

Xianbi Huang

in Sociology

ISBN: 9780199756384
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756384-0086
Chinese Society

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Chinese society, with the largest population and one of the oldest civilizations in the world, is experiencing continuous transformation and upheaval on an unprecedented scale. These unique characteristics of China combined with the country’s rising economic and political power have attracted wide interest from Western scholars and students from multidisciplinary backgrounds. At many Western universities and institutions, the study of Chinese society has become a fascinating and popular subject. In existing literature and publications, a full range of scholarship has covered the topic. From a sociological perspective, then, this article provides a selective guide to the most useful sources related to Chinese society in sociology as well as incorporating relevant readings from other disciplines. The focus is placed on Chinese society since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Two main considerations guide the selection of the sources: empirically, a selected work is expected to be accurate and solid, and leaves the readers well informed of the facts and reality––what has happened and what is going on in China; and theoretically, the work is expected to be conducive to inspiring thoughts of implications of the study for Chinese and Western social sciences.

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Subjects: Sociology ; Comparative and Historical Sociology ; Economic Sociology ; Gender and Sexuality ; Health, Illness, and Medicine ; Population and Demography ; Race and Ethnicity ; Social Movements and Social Change ; Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility ; Social Theory

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