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Sociological Research on the Chinese Society

Xueguang Zhou

in Sociology

ISBN: 9780199756384
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756384-0107
Sociological Research on the Chinese Society

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The sociology of China is part of an interdisciplinary field that examines different aspects of Chinese society. There have been noticeable changes in both research focus and research styles over time in this field. Earlier studies were characteristic of “area studies” and appeared mostly in area studies journals or in books aimed at readers in that particular field. Since the late 1980s, major work in the sociology of China in the English-language literature has appeared in sociological journals, informed by and integrated in mainstream sociological research. Research tends to be divided according to historical eras in contemporary China, noticeably the Mao era, from the inception of the People’s Republic in 1949 to the late 1970s, and the post-Mao era (or the era of economic reform) since the 1980s. Many studies compare and contrast changes across these two periods. Two features characterize this bibliography on the sociology of China. First, because of the interdisciplinary nature of Chinese studies, selected publications from other disciplines (e.g., anthropology, political science, economics, and history) are included that have a significant overlap in topics and/or a significant impact on sociological research on China. Second, also included are a significant number of studies published in Chinese. Although sociology is a young discipline in China, Chinese sociologists have made significant contributions in particular areas because of their sustained, close observations and sense making.

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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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