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 academic field of Uyghur studies is composed mainly of anthropologists, political scientists and historians, although scholars working in security and terrorism studies have recently also begun to show an interest in the Xinjiang region. Identity, ethnicity and nationalism are themes that frequently surface in their work, right across disciplines, despite the political and practical difficulties attendant on researching ethno-politics on China's peripheries. Much of the published literature has been produced on the basis of ethnographic fieldwork, often and increasingly conducted on an informal (non-affiliated) basis, and always with an eye to protect the anonymity of Uyghur respondents. Some research in this field, notably Starr's edited volume (2004), has led to the state ...