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
By a variety of survey measures, the Chinese people consistently rank among the highest in the world in national pride (Tang and Darr 2012). Recent surveys also corroborate this nationalism and its effects on Chinese perception of rival powers. For instance, 52% of Chinese believe the US is trying to prevent China from becoming an equivalent power, and 81% of Chinese have an unfavorable view of Japan.1 China's strong national pride is also evident in much of China's public discourse, particularly in response to international disputes. This has most recently resurfaced in the wake of the decision by the Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration against China and in favor of the Philippines regarding maritime claims ...