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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

Introduction
Introduction
Weiping Wu Mark W. Frazier

Today's China presents a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. The dynamism and complexities of contemporary China, and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the Chinese economy, society, and environment in recent decades, pose numerous challenges for scholars of China who populate the broad field known as China Studies. Where does the field of China Studies stand? Given China's prominence in global affairs, is the China Studies field connecting itself sufficiently with transnational and global modes of inquiry? How should the China Studies field analyze China's broader socioeconomic dynamics, systems and levels of governance, and key institutions?

These are the motivating questions for this handbook. China Studies, like ...

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