Department of China Studies

Department of China Studies
Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS Building), South Campus
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
8 Chongwen Road Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District , Suzhou Industrial Park
Suzhou,Jiangsu Province,P. R. China,215123
1. Implications of Sino-Japanese Rivalry in High-Speed Railways for Southeast Asia

Author:Pavlicevic, D;Kratz, A

Source:EAST ASIAN POLICY,2017,Vol.9

Abstract:China and Japan are intensively vying for high-speed rail markets in Southeast Asia. Focusing on the developments surrounding the bid for Indonesia's first high-speed rail project from Jakarta to Bandung, this paper investigates Japan and China's relative strategies, and considers the policy options available to ASEAN to manage the risks rooted in Sino-Japanese competition in the sector.
2. Post-Structural Theories and Chinese Feminist Criticism: On the Theorization of Women’s \"Subjectivity\" in the Cultural Studies of Socialist China


Source:Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art,2021,Vol.41

Abstract:Centering on the conceptualization of "subjectivity," ths article first traces the post-structural theories' impact on as well as their compex relationshp with Western feminsm. It then expores the development of the theorization of " womens subjectivity" n academic research on Chnese women and gender dscourses in socialist Chna from the 1980s. By examinng the appication of three influential theorists, Lous Althuser, Michel Foucault, and Judth Butler, n the Chnese context, ths article ntends to show the compex genealogy of "appropriating" post-structural theories for dfferent agendas of contemporary Chnese feminst criticism. Some scholars ntegrated post-structural deas nto iberal-humanst dscourses; some employed post-structuralist feminism to de-essentialize and hstoricize the analysis of "subjectivity" and "agency" of socialist Chnese women; some questioned the effectiveness of post-structural theories n studying the Chnese socialist culture from the perspective of hstorical materialism. Different research paradgms of theorizing " female subjectivity" have proven to be influenced and nformed by the changing deologies and social dscourses in Chna since the 1980s.
3. Building infrastructure and making boundaries in Southwest China


Source:It Happens among People: Resonances and Extensions of the Work of Fredrik Barth,2019,Vol.

4. The Making of the Chinese Middle Class: Small Comfort and Great Expectations

Author:Goodman, DSG

Source:CHINA QUARTERLY,2017,Vol.231

5. Assessing the Balance of Power in Central-Local Relations in China

Author:Goodman, DSG


6. Principle-guided Policy Experimentation in China: From Rural Tax and Fee Reform to Hu and Wen's Abolition of Agricultural Tax

Author:Wang, GH

Source:CHINA QUARTERLY,2019,Vol.237

Abstract:The abolition of Agricultural Tax in 2005 was a major policy of the early Hu-Wen administration. But how and why did it happen? Drawing on abundant media reports, archive documents and internal speeches by key policymakers, as well as on the author's interviews, this article argues that this reform was pushed through (the "how") by "principle-guided policy experimentation" with origins in the period of Jiang Zemin's leadership. Not only does this show policy continuities from the Jiang-Zhu era into the Hu-Wen period, it also reveals a different process of policy experimentation from that identified by Sebastian Heilmann in the economic policy arena. Under principle-guided policy experimentation, Chinese central decision makers first reached consensus on the principle of the Rural Tax and Fee Reform (RTFR) drawing on policy learning from prior bottom-up local experimentation, and then formulated and implemented an experimental programme from the top-down, funding it in order to encourage local governments to participate. The evidence suggests that international, political (rural instability), economic and fiscal considerations came to explain leaders' decisions (the "why") on tax reform as much as their individual preferences.
7. New Economic Elites: Family Histories and Social Change

Author:David S G Goodman

Source:Journal of the Northwest Normal University(Social,2016,Vol.53

8. Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China's Economic Miracle

Author:Chen, GC


9. Locating China's Middle Classes: social intermediaries and the Party-state

Author:Goodman, DSG


Abstract:The middle class has emerged as a political phenomenon in China since 2002 through a state-sponsored discourse that sees it as a universal and universalising class. Although the evidence from other countries suggests that the growth of middle classes leads to regime change, this seems to be an unlikely outcome for China. In the first place, China's middle class discourse has uncertain sociological foundations. Secondly, where the middle classes are identifiable they still probably constitute no more than 12%% of the population. Thirdly, China's middle classes have a very close relationship to the Party-state. Most of the professional and managerial middle classes are part of, or closely associated with, the Party-state; and the entrepreneurial middle class has either emerged from within the Party-state or has been incorporated into it.
10. Democratic Localism: The Case of Grassroots Self-Governance in Urban China

Author:Wang, ZX;Liu, JX;Pavlicevic, D


Abstract:One important way to understand political change in China is to examine how citizens participate in and interact with China's grassroots system of governance. Urban grassroots self-governance is organized around the residents committees (RCs) of various urban neighborhoods. While earlier research tends to characterize the RC as an institution for government control and penetration of society, the active and largely voluntary participation found in this study challenges this state-dominant view. Based on survey data collected in six provinces in China, we discovered a wide range of participatory activities by residents in local self-governance processes. Institutions and activities of such "democratic localism" give rise to thick networks and interactions among fellow residents and between them and higher levels of governance. Our "Democratic Localism" framework urges researchers to resist focusing solely on the changes at the highest system-level (i.e., the eventual democratization of the Chinese state), but instead to pay more attention to politics and governance as played out in the local affairs of community residents. We find that satisfactory democratic governance relies heavily on inclusiveness and competition in the various institutional spheres, and participation in local politics casts heavy influence on citizens' perception of national-level politics.
11. Social Mobility in China: Class and Stratification in the Reform Era

Author:Goodman, DSG

Source:CURRENT HISTORY,2018,Vol.117

12. The New, Green, Urbanization in China: Between Authoritarian Environmentalism and Decentralization

Author:Chen, GC;Lees, C


Abstract:Orthodox Western environmental practice and its associated discourse posits a positive causal link between levels of participation and effective environmental governance and regards participatory practices as a normatively desirable element in the building of a more sustainable society. However, recent discussions around theories of authoritarian environmentalism have challenged some basic assumptions of orthodox environmentalism. However, these discussions still lack sufficient discussion of real-world policy making and implementation and this article addresses that gap by exploring China's policy of green urbanization, deemed a top priority by Chinese policy elites. We argue that the shifting strategies of governance associated with green urbanization are evidence of the emergence of a distinct paradigm of authoritarian environmentalism, characterized by a re-centralization of state power and a reduction of local autonomy, in environmental policy making in China.
13. Introduction

Author:Weller,Robert P.;Wu,Keping

Source:It Happens among People: Resonances and Extensions of the Work of Fredrik Barth,2019,Vol.

14. The study of contemporary Chinese politics: a reader's guide

Author:Goodman, DSG


15. Bridal fashion and Suzhou: The development of the Tiger Hill wedding market


Source:Suzhou in Transition,2020,Vol.

16. Correction to: 'National Level New Areas' and Urban Districts: Centralization of Territorial Power Relations in China (vol 3, pg 195, 2018)

Author:Martinez, MH


Abstract:The original article has been corrected.
17. Greening the Chinese Leviathan: China's renewable energy governance as a source of soft power

Author:Chen, GCF;Lees, C


Abstract:This article examines China's rapid and large-scale renewable energy expansion and the challenge it presents to orthodox approaches to sustainable energy diffusion that emphasise soft interventions and stakeholder participation. We show that China eschewed participatory modes of energy governance and pursued a centrally steered, hard interventionist strategy adapted to its non-democratic regime. We observe that China's approach provides an alternative blueprint for development that is potentially attractive to some audiences. Drawing on recent soft power debates, we argue that China's hard interventionist mode of governance in the renewables sector has the potential to enhance Chinese soft power both domestically and abroad.
18. Being middle class in China: Identity, attitudes and behaviour


Source:Being Middle Class in China: Identity, Attitudes and Behaviour,2016,Vol.

Abstract:Many studies of the Chinese middle class focus on defining it and viewing its significance for economic development and its potential for sociopolitical modernisation. This book goes beyond such objective approaches and considers middle class people's subjective understanding and diverse experiences of class. Based on extensive original research including social surveys and detailed interviews, the book explores who the middle class think they are, what they think about a wide range of socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues, and why they think as they do. It examines attitudes towards the welfare state, social inequality, nationalism, relations with foreign countries and opinions on many social controversies, thereby portraying middle class people as more than simply luxury consumers and potential agents of democracy. The book concludes that a clear class identity and political consciousness have yet to emerge, but that middle class attitudes are best characterised as searching for a balance between old and new, the traditional and the foreign, the principled and the pragmatic.
19. An action research on teaching in multicultural classrooms at joint-venture universities in China

Author:Ergenc, C


Abstract:The institutional setting for transnational education has gradually evolved from practices that provide limited exposure to those that offer a globalized experience, such as branch campuses or joint-venture universities (JVUs). JVUs aim to create an environment that goes beyond the dichotomy between education experiences at home and in the local destination. China invites branch campuses in the form of JVUs in order to contribute to the internationalization of its higher education system. Providing diversity exposure for over a decade now, JVUs in China play a role in shaping a particular youth identity. Socialization in a multicultural environment shapes students' individual and collective identity, as well as their career trajectories. This action research discusses the impact of the transnational education environment in JVUs on their students' education and professional pathways; and argues that students develop academic habits that go beyond expectations attributed to their cultural backgrounds. The case study focuses on students' perceptions and participation practices in social science classes. The empirical data, comprised of an attitude survey and focus group interviews, were collected in the 2018-2019 academic year at a Sino-British JVU based in China. This study contributes to both the sociology of education and contemporary China studies.
20. How Do Subalterns Represent Themselves?——Study of the Narratives about"Labor"by Female Workers and Farmers on Women of New China

Author:LIU Xi;WANG Hui

Source:Journal of China Women's University,2017,Vol.29

Abstract:This paper studies the self-narrationof women' s liberation by women workers and peasants published on Women o~New China in early period of the People's Republic of China. It argues that these narratives are influenced by the state-sanctioned conceptual and discursive framework, but not identical to them. Women authors interrogate socialist political and gender discourses in the discursive construction of their past experiences. They creatively employ the new cultural category of "labor" to valorize their past productive practice and economic contribution. It is in the complex, dynamic process of self-representation that their subjectivities are constituted, their bottom agency created and asserted.
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