The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.

China: Ancien Régime, Revolution and After

China: Ancien Régime, Revolution and After

China: Ancien Rgime, Revolution, and After
Feng-Tsan Lin Hung-Chang Wu Chih-Chieh Tang


The economic boom of the last three decades (circa 1980s–2000s) testifies to a miraculous rise of China, which keeps observers wondering what the Chinese model really implies (Peerenboom, 2007). Beyond the economic boom, the key problématique in debate over the Chinese model is how China modernizes. Political modernization exemplifies the sometimes puzzling line of China's history. ‘Political modernity with Chinese characteristics’ has phenomena in common with most developmental countries, at least those in East Asia. Yet ideological projections and prejudiced clichés limit researchers, and then two popular tropes become dominant: China's response to the West and the overemphasis ...

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