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

Campaigns in Politics: From Revolution to Problem Solving

Campaigns in Politics: From Revolution to Problem Solving

Campaigns in Politics: From Revolution to Problem Solving
Zhengxu Wang


It is not an exaggeration that the history of Maoist China was the history of political campaigns. One can easily name a long list – the Anti-Rightist Campaign, the Socialist Education Campaign, the Four-Clear Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. With the end of the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s steered China toward pragmatic pursuits of economic and social modernization. The Party's plenum in 1978, indeed, declared that China was to concentrate on economic development and forgo class struggles and political campaigns. Yet, up until today, campaigns remain alive in the affairs of the party-state and ...

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