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
Li Yinhe, well-known scholar and advocate for sexual rights in the People's Republic of China (PRC), has since 2002 tried to make the case to the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference for legalizing same-sex marriage.1 Her decidedly political take on the notion that citizens with non-normative sexual orientations or alternative gender identifications deserve the same protections as ethnic minorities and other so-called ruoshi qunti (disadvantaged groups) encapsulates what could be called a discourse of sexual minority rights (xingshaoshu quanli) in China. Such rights would ideally protect people who fall into this category from the social and political pressure to conform and alleviate the undue ...