346 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.94 in
December 4, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0521780713
ISBN - 13: 9780521780711
Table of Contents
List of tables; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations of frequently cited sources; Introduction; Part I. Professions and Professionals: 1. Professions in early-twentieth-century Shanghai; 2. Professionals as urban middle class; Conclusion to part I; Part II. Social Institutions, State Actions, and Professionalization: 3. The Republican State and urban associations; 4. The Republican State and the legal profession; 5. The Republican State and the medical profession; Conclusion to part II; Part III. Professionalism, Nationalism, and Politics: 6. From 'literary men' to professionals: Shanghai journalists; 7. National essence versus science: the medical profession in conflict; 8. Professionalism and nationalism: the Shanghai Bar Association (I); 9. Professionalism and politics: the Shanghai Bar Association (II); Conclusion to part III; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
From the Publisher
Xiaoqun Xu makes a compelling and original contribution to the study of China's modernization with this study of the rise of professional associations in Republican China, in their birthplace of Shanghai, and of their political and socio-cultural milieus. Xu addresses a central issue in China studies, the relationship between state and society, and proposes an alternative to the Western-derived concept of civil society. This book illuminates the multidimensional complexity of modernization and nationalism in twentieth-century China, and provides a concrete case for comparative studies of professionalization and class formation across cultures.
"In this book, the author examines an important, but overlooked, group in modern urban Chinese society, the middle class...the book is well written and well edited." The Historian