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Changjiang Yu

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Chapter 19: The Party, the Village Committee and the Monastery: Functions and Interactions of Three Institutions at the Grass Roots

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The Party, the Village Committee and the Monastery: Functions and Interactions of Three Institutions at the Grass Roots
The party, the village committee and the monastery: Functions and interactions of three institutions at the grass roots
ChangjiangYu
Introduction

One of the biggest challenges that a developing society like China faces is how to maintain a balance between development and stability. This corresponds in a sense to the traditional Sinitic concepts of the interaction between ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ (which are complementary opposite forces). The history of the micro-response of local society to the macro-social dilemma of China may be traced back to the nineteenth century, when Chinese society was gradually falling into chaos under the frequent attacks and influences from outside. After a succession of complicated changes in the ...

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