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The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China

The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China

First Edition
Two Volume Set
Edited by:

September 2018 | 1 356 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies


PART 01: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment
Dali Yang
Chapter 1: The Making of the Modern State and Quest for Modernity
Prasenjit Duara
Chapter 2: Nationalism and the Nation-State
Chris Bramall
Chapter 3: Continuity and Change: The Economy in the Twentieth Century
David Pietz
Chapter 4: Geographic and Environmental Setting
PART 02: Economic Transformations
Weiping Wu
Linda Yueh
Chapter 5: Evolution of Market Reforms
Gary Jefferson
Chapter 6: State-Owned Enterprise: Reform, Performance, and Prospects
Susan Whiting and Dan Wang
Chapter 7: The Rural Economy
Jenny Chan
Chapter 8: Economic Growth and Labor Security
Yasheng Huang
Chapter 9: Inbound Foreign Direct Investment
Ming He, Yang Chen and Ronald Schramm
Chapter 10: Financial System
Albert Hu
Chapter 11: Technology, Innovation and Knowledge-Based Economy
Jo Inge Bekkevold and Oystein Tunsjo
Chapter 12: Sustaining Growth: Energy and Natural Resources
PART 03: Politics and Government
Mark W. Frazier
Kerry Brown
Chapter 13: The Communist Party and Ideology
Jiangnan Zhu
Chapter 14: Corruption in Reform Era: A Multidisciplinary Review
Zhengxu Wang
Chapter 15: Campaigns in Politics: From Revolution to Problem Solving
Zhang Wu
Chapter 16: Popular Protest
Andrew Mertha
Chapter 17: Bureaucracy and Policy Making
John Kennedy and Dan Chen
Chapter 18: Local and Grassroots Governance
William Hurst
Chapter 19: Labor Politics
Vivienne Bath
Chapter 20: Legal and Judicial System
PART 04: China on the Global Stage
Mark W. Frazier
Arthur Kroeber
Chapter 21: China as a Global Financial Power
Gaye Christoffersen
Chapter 22: China and Global Energy Governance
Andrew Nathan
Chapter 23: China and Global Regimes
Yanzhong Huang and Bei Tang
Chapter 24: Engagement in Global Health Governance Regimes
PART 05: China's Foreign Policy
Mark W. Frazier
Rosemary Foot
Chapter 25: China-US Relations in a Changing Global Order
Edward Griffith and Caroline Rose
Chapter 26: China-Japan Relations
Alexander Lukin
Chapter 27: Chinese-Russian Relations
Carla Freeman
Chapter 28: China’s Relations with the Korean Peninsula
Taomou Zhou and Liu Hong
Chapter 29: Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia

PART 06: National and Nested Identities
Mark W. Frazier
Benjamin Darr
Chapter 30: Popular Nationalism
Lowell Dittmer
Chapter 31: Taiwanese Identity
Ho-Fung Hung
Chapter 32: Hong Kong Identity
Nyíri Pál
Chapter 33: Chinese Outside China
Ben Hillman
Chapter 34: Studying Tibetan Identity
Joanne Smith Finley
Chapter 35: Uyghur Identities
Katherine Palmer Kaup
Chapter 36: Ethnic Studies Beyond Tibet and Xinjiang
André Laliberté
Chapter 37: Religion
William F. Schroeder
Chapter 38: Sexual Minorities
PART 07: Urbanization and Spatial Development
Weiping Wu
Chaolin Gu and Ian Gillespie Cook
Chapter 39: Urbanization and Urban System
Cindy Fan
Chapter 40: Population Mobility and Migration
Weiping Wu
Chapter 41: Financing Urbanization and Infrastructure
Jiang Xu
Chapter 42: Land and Housing Markets
Jia Feng and Guo Chen
Chapter 43: Socio-Spatial Transformation of Cities
PART 08: Poverty and Inequality
Weiping Wu
Björn Gustafsson
Chapter 44: Poverty and Its Alleviation
Felix Haifeng Liao and Yehua Dennis Wei
Chapter 45: Regional Inequality: Scales, Mechanisms, and Beyond
Huimin Du and Wenfei Winnie Wang
Chapter 46: The Making of the ‘Migrant Class’
Xiushi Yang, Hongyun Fu and Meizhen Liao
Chapter 47: Gender, Migration, and HIV/STI Risks and Risk Behavior
Yanjie Bian, Lei Zhang, Yinghui Li, Yipeng Hu and Na Li
Chapter 48: Income Inequality and Class Stratification
PART 09: Social Change
Weiping Wu
David R. Phillips and Zhixin Feng
Chapter 49: Demographics and Aging
Daniel Hammond
Chapter 50: Social Welfare
Mette Halskov Hansen
Chapter 51: China's Education System: Loved and Hated
James Farrer
Chapter 52: Nightlife and Night-Time Economy in Urban China
Jieyu Liu, Eona Bell and Jiayu Zhang
Chapter 53: Family Life
Lawton R. Burns and Gordon G. Liu
Chapter 54: Health, Diseases, and Medical Care
Jian Xu and Wanning Sun
Chapter 55: Media since 1949: Changes and Continuities
PART 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies
Sarah Mellors and Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Chapter 56: The Future(s) of China Studies
Kristin Stapleton
Chapter 57: The Future of China's Past
Mark W. Frazier
Chapter 58: China and the Challenges of Comparison

This transnational compilation of social science scholarship offers an accessible and impressively comprehensive entrée to understanding core topics in the study of contemporary China. Thoughtfully organized, this timely volume showcases a mix of senior and emerging researchers with empirical and analytical expertise in their respective sub-fields.  Both specialists and students will learn much from this handbook.

Professor Kellee Tsai
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier, two of the best China specialists of their generation, have assembled an international group of first-rate scholars to analyze some of the most important issues in the understanding of China, including the emergence of the modern state, China’s current political system, its economic transformation, and its expanding role in the world.  Of particular interest is an innovative group of chapters on Chinese identities, including the identities of Han Chinese on the mainland, China’s ethnic and sexual minorities, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, and Chinese outside China, and a set of chapters on migration, urbanization, stratification, aging, family life, and other dimensions of social change. The editors’ thoughtful introduction identifies other key issues in the study of contemporary China, and calls for greater use of interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational approaches to address these and other key issues in the study of contemporary China, as well as attention to concepts and conclusions being produced by China’s own social scientists. This is an invaluable reference for any serious observer of today’s China.

Professor Harry Harding
University of Virginia

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