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Theoretical Poverty in the Research on Chinese Civil Society*
Abstract This paper critiques current academic usage of the analytic category of ‘civil society’ in recent studies of contemporary China. The problem is not the lack of good empirical work (whichExpand
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Searching for a Chinese Civil Society Model
This study hypothesizes that the Chinese state uses NGOs as objects of consultation for improving its policymaking in the same way it consults mass organizations, democratic parties, and officialExpand
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Community Building, Civil Society and Societal Service Production in China
This article examines the Chinese scholarly discourse about promoting civil society, constructing urban and rural communities, and transferring social service provision to society. It finds that thisExpand
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Encounters between Chinese NGOs and the State: Distance, Roles and Voice
Researchers in the field of Chinese studies often assume that the ability of Chinese NGOs to operate freely increases with their distance from the government, and they classify NGOs accordingly.Expand
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Part I: Methodological Chapters
Consensus and Dissensus in the Public Sphere: How East Asian Associations Use Publicity
Jurgen Habermas has developed a model describing how civil society can use the public sphere to influence politics. Habermas assumes that, because discourse in the public sphere is open, inclusive,Expand
Part IV: Dialogue with Western Research
Part II: Empirical Chapters
Using Feudalism for Political Criticism and for Promoting Systemic Change in China
This article examines the discussion about feudalism between 1978–1982 in the official Chinese press, including newspapers, academic publications, and party journals. This discussion is an example ofExpand