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Defining and defending the "social": a Chinese tale

By Chun Lin


The experiences of the People’s Republic of China, because (and in spite) of its being formally socialist, can be looked at from the angle of the contested social domain in both terms of ideology and politics. Such contesting forces may range from government to citizens, from elites to the larger population, from the state to the market, from market to non-market actors, from classes to other social groups, from collective to family and individual agents, from public to private sectors, and so on. Central to this approach is the recognition of the changing social contract from within a paternalistic soclalism to something yet to be determined and forged, depending on on-going strugg1es in local and global contexts

Topics: DS Asia, H Social Sciences (General), HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Hitotsubashi University
Year: 2001
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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