Sociology: Examining Urban Ills

Madeleine Yue Dong

in Republican Beijing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927636 | DOI:
Sociology: Examining Urban Ills

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This chapter focuses on a sociological analysis of the urban ills of Republican Beijing. It describes some of the serious problems facing Republican Beijing–including poverty, prostitution, and crime–and suggests that the sociological studies of Republican Beijing were just products of a specific knowledge system. The chapter explains that when sociologists were confronted with the reality of life in Beijing, the discrepancies between their disciplinary framework and its explanatory power were exposed.

Keywords: urban ills; Republican Beijing; sociological studies; poverty; crime; prostitution

Chapter.  13919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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