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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

The Communist Party and Ideology
The Communist Party and Ideology
Kerry Brown
Introduction

Ideology seems to figure as something that belongs more to the past than the present when we talk of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the second decade of the 21st century. The Party's sixth decade in power, the consensus at least amongst historians inside and outside the People's Republic (PRC) is that post-1949 history divides into two broad phases – the Maoist era before 1978, and then the reform and opening up era afterwards. Marxism–Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought dominated the early era, and ideology then mattered. Belief in it was often a case of life or death. Party and non-Party members had savage fights with each ...

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