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



Andr Laliberté


China is considered one of the few countries of the world where a majority of the population is classified as atheists. The numbers provided by the State Administration of Religious Affairs over the years used to claim that around 100 million Chinese are religious believers. These numbers are considered unreliable and deficient, and the Pew Research Institute, using a combination of official census, self-reporting from religious organizations, but also surveys it commissioned, such as the Spiritual Life Study of Chinese Residents by the Horizon Research Consultancy Group, in 2007, arrived at very different conclusions. Thus, on the basis of surveys completed in 2010, the Pew Research Institute estimated over 224 million Buddhists, 68 million Christians, and 24 ...

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