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

Popular Protest

Popular Protest

Popular Protest
Wu Zhang


China's market reform has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, created a large middle class, and transformed China from a sleepy backwater cut off from the rest of the world into the second largest economy, vibrant and highly integrated with the global market. The reform, however, has also created more social conflicts and instability, as witnessed in the sharp rise of mass incidents since the 1990s. Mass incidents are collective actions ranging from small and peaceful gatherings of more than five protesters to large and violent riots and protests (Chung, Lai and Xai 2006). Participants of mass incidents include both winners and losers of the market reform. This chapter studies a particular form of ...

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