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A sociology of modern China

Author: Jean-Louis Rocca; Gregory Elliott
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Series: Comparative politics and international studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and updated English editionView all editions and formats
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"Jean-Louis Rocca's admirably concise A Sociology of Modern China wears its scholarship lightly and paints an intimate and complex portrait of Chinese society, all the while avoiding clichés and simplifications. He delves into China's history and examines the country's many different social strata so as to better understand the enormous challenges and opportunities with which its people are confronted. After  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Louis Rocca; Gregory Elliott
ISBN: 9780190231125 0190231122 9780190231200 0190231203
OCLC Number: 887850710
Language Note: Text in English translated from the French.
Notes: Originally published in French as Une sociologie de la Chine by Éditions La Découverte in 2010.
Description: ix, 177 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Orthodox thinking ; Culturalist impasses ; The impasses of transitionalism ; A critical reflection --
Historical trajectory. Before the revolution ; A grey page ; New solidarities: towns and cities ; New solidarities: the countryside ; The tragic failure of totalitarianism --
The long march of reforms. The mutual formation of the state and the market ; A marginal capitalism (1978-91) ; A hesitant stratification ; The time fractures (1992-2007) --
A new society. The conditions of social mobility ; The morphology of Chinese society ; The dangers of imbalances ; The ideal class --
A society of individuals in a time of reforms. A society of subjects of their own existence ; Effects of fashion ; Social anxiety ; Sex and marriage in the (Chinese) city ; Children --
The political puzzle. A moderate pluralism ; The internet revolution and its limits ; Elections and electors ; A Thermidorian and technocratic elite ; Social protest ; Intellectuals in no man's land ; Creating an middle-class China: a source of conflicts ; Identities and nation ; Conservative democracy --
Conclusion. Elements of genealogy ; All is well ; Modernisation is not a gala dinner ; Conservatism and representation.
Series Title: Comparative politics and international studies series.
Other Titles: Sociologie de la Chine.
Responsibility: Jean-Louis Rocca ; translated by Gregory Elliott ; revised and updated by the author.

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"Jean-Louis Rocca's admirably concise A Sociology of Modern China wears its scholarship lightly and paints an intimate and complex portrait of Chinese society, all the while avoiding clichés and simplifications. He delves into China's history and examines the country's many different social strata so as to better understand the enormous challenges and opportunities with which its people are confronted. After discussing the long march toward reform and the crises along the way - among them the 1989 protests which culminated in the events in Tiananmen Square and elsewhere - Rocca dedicates the second half of the book to the major questions facing the country (or, at the very least, its political elites) today: new forms of social stratification; the interaction between the market and the state; growing individualism; and the pressures exerted by social conflict and political change. In eschewing culturalist visions, Rocca thoroughly and successfully deconstructs received wisdom about Chinese society to reveal a thriving nation and its people." -- Publisher's description

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