Theoretical Poverty in the Research on Chinese Civil Society*

  title={Theoretical Poverty in the Research on Chinese Civil Society*},
  author={Taru Salmenkari},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={682 - 711}
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 (which abounds), but rather the way in which understandings of ‘civil society’ as applied to China have remained insulated from wider theoretical debates emerging from other parts of the world which have queried the productive utility of these understandings. Specifically, recent studies of China continue to… Expand
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