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The individual and the state in China / ed. Brian Hook

Secondary Author Hook, Brian Country Reino Unido. Publication Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1996 Description VII, 231 p. ; 24 cm Series Studies on contemporary China) ISBN 0-19-828931-6 CDU 323(510)
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One of the most interesting questions in China studies today is the effect that the opening up of the country economically will have on the individual rights and freedoms of the population. This volume addresses that issue by considering recent changes in the relations of the state and severalgroups in the population-rural peasants, manual workers, the military, the intellectual community, and the youth of China. With distinguished contributors, this coherent and comprehensive volume should become an essential reference work for academics and students.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The State and the Individual
  • Workers, Managers, and the State
  • The Peasant and the State
  • The Soldier and the State in China
  • The Intellectual and the State
  • Youth and the State

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Hook (Univ. of Leeds) has edited an outstanding study of the relationship between the individual and the state in the PRC after the adoption of the reform and opening-out policies of the early 1980s. The contributors include renowned China scholars such as Robert Ash (Univ. of London), Michel Bonnin and Yves Chevrier (both at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Thomas Gold (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Hook himself, Lucian Pye (MIT), David Shambaugh (Univ. of London), Andrew Walder (Harvard), and Gordon White (Univ. of Sussex). The book has eight chapters. Following the introduction and overview, chapters 3 through 7 focus on the relationship between workers, managers, and the state; the peasant farmer and the state; the soldier and the state; the intellectual and the state; and youth and the state. Chapter 8 evaluates the methodological utility of the term "civil society" and suggests that if liberalization and democratization are to occur in China, they will result from a gradual, managed process. Footnotes but no bibliography. Strongly recommended for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. S. K. Ma; California State University, Los Angeles

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Brian Hook is at University of Leeds.

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