Synopses & Reviews
China's Rise to Power: Conceptions of State Governance examines how a twenty-first century contradiction—the country's combination of authoritarian rule and a market-oriented economy in state-led capitalism—has proven simultaneously appealing and a source of domestic dissatisfaction. Balancing policy analysis with detailed investigation of escalating popular unrest, this essay collection explores the discontent that stems from the Communist leadership's obsession with growth and control and anticipates new space for alternative governance. As the sixth-generation leaders come of age at this critical juncture, the way out of internal crises will not necessarily be the way of the Chinese Communist Party.
"An inspiring, highly diverse yet coherent collection of essays that explore the relationship between state and society in contemporary China. China's Rise to Power provides important insights into the strategies employed by the Chinese Communist Party to create an appealing image of its rule, and how various sections of Chinese society are responding to these attempts." - Frans-Paul van der Putten, senior research fellow, Netherlands Institute of International Relations
About the Author
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee is a professor of History at Pace University, New York. Lida V. Nedilsky is a professor of Sociology at North Park University, Chicago. Siu-Keung Cheung is an associate professor of Sociology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. They have previously coedited Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics (2009).
Table of Contents
Appeal and Discontent: The Yin and Yang of China's Rise to Power; J.Tse-Hei Lee
Appropriating Confucianism: Soft Power, Primordial Sentiment, and Authoritarianism; K.C.K.Cheung
Harmony and Critique: Chinese Modernity, Harmonious Society, and Contemporary Chinese Feminist Perspectives; S.R.Wesoky
Promoting a Harmonious Society through CCTV's Music-Entertainment Television Programming; L.GorfinkelHarmonious Online Society: The China Model in the Information Age; S.Y.Liu The Harmonious Language of Young Hans in Urumqi, Xinjiang; E.CaprioniInvoking the Ghosts of Blagoveshchensk: Massacre, Memory, and the Post-Mao Search for Historical Identity; M.Fromm Chinese Nationalism in Harmony with European Imperialism: Historical Representation at the Macau Museum; K.Y.Law Health Care in a Harmonious Society: Crises and Challenges in Post-1978 China; K.Yip Controlling Lives and Bodies: Water and Food Security in Hong Kong; S.K.Cheung