A Sociology of Modern China

Paperback | May 12, 2015

byJEAN-LOUIS ROCCA

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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 cliches and simplifications. He delves into China's history and examines the country's many different socialstrata 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 politicalelites) 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 aboutChinese society to reveal a thriving nation and its people.

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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 cliches and simplifications. He delves into China's history and examines the country's many different socialstrata so as to better understand the enormous ...

Jean-Louis Rocca is a sociologist, Professor and Researcher at CERI Sciences-Po in Paris and at Tsingshua University in Beijing.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190231203

ISBN - 13:9780190231200

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"With the publication of A Sociology of Contemporary China, the Anglophone world gains comprehensive access to the insights of a leading French scholar of contemporary China. Brimming with sophisticated, self-reflexive analysis, this book should be the starting point for anyone trying tocomprehend China's recent past and future path." --Karl Gerth, Hsiu Chair in Chinese Studies and Professor of History, University of California-San Diego (UCSD)