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

China and the Challenges of Comparison

China and the Challenges of Comparison

China and the Challenges of Comparison
Mark W. Frazier


This chapter reflects upon the benefits and challenges of comparison in contemporary China Studies. Scholars of contemporary China, consciously or not, frequently engage in comparison. Most often they do so without making explicit the region, country, or sometimes the ideal type being used as a measure against their analysis of China. How would the field of contemporary China Studies benefit from a greater effort by scholars to draw comparisons between what they study about China and seemingly related phenomena outside of China? When handled carefully, comparisons can help identify traits that make China distinctive, and conversely, comparisons can aid in the discovery of traits that ...

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