State and Society in 21st Century China: Crisis, Contention and Legitimation

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  • Copyright: 2004-08-24
  • Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon
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Written by a team of leading China scholars, this book explores the dynamics of state power and legitimation in 21st-century China, and the implications of changing state-society relations for the future viability of the People's Republic. Subjects covered include: * the legitimacy of the Communist Party; * state-society relations; * ethnic and religious resistance; * rural and urban contention; * nationalism; * popular and youth culture; * prospects for democracy. Broad in sweep and rich in empirical detail, this timely volume will appeal to students and scholars of contemporary China, as well as those interested in the dynamics of political and social change.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgments xiv
Introduction: popular protest and state legitimation in 21st-century China 1(23)
Peter Hays Gries
Stanley Rosen
Legitimacy crisis in China?
Vivienne Shue
The new crowd of the dispossessed: the shift of the urban proletariat from master to mendicant
Dorothy J. Solinger
The Iron Man weeps: joblessness and political legitimacy in the Chinese rust belt
Timothy B. Weston
Comrades and collectives in arms: tax resistance, evasion, and avoidance strategies in post-Mao China
Patricia Thornton
Neither transgressive nor contained: boundary-spanning contention in China
Kevin J. O'Brien
Contesting state legitimacy in the 1990s: the China Democracy Party and the China Labor Bulletin
Teresa Wright
Dilemmas of Party adaptation: the CCP's strategies for survival
Bruce J. Dickson
The state of youth/youth and the state in early 21st-century China: the triumph of the urban rich?
Stanley Rosen
Popular nationalism and state legitimation in China
Peter Hays Gries
When legitimacy resides in beautiful objects: repatriating Beijing's looted Zodiac animal heads
Richard Kraus
What is China? Who is Chinese? Han-minority relations, legitimacy, and the state
Colin Mackerras
State and society in transitions from communism: China in comparative perspective
Harley Balzer
Index 257

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