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Module Reading List

China Since 1979, 2017/18
Sarah Dodd
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

EAST2082 Reading List

Ash, R. (1991) ‘The Peasant and the State’,The China quarterly., 127: 493-256.

Bian, Yanjie (2002) ‘Chinese Social Stratification and Social Mobility’,Annual review of sociology., 61(5):739-58.

Brugger, B and Kelly, D. (1990) Chinese Marxism in the post-Mao era. Standford University Press.

Burns, J. P. (1989) China’s Governance: Political Reforms in a Turbulent Environment’, The China quarterly., 119: 481-518.

Chan, A. (1991) ‘Revolution or Corporatism? Workers and Trade Unions in Post-Mao China’,The Australian journal of Chinese affairs. 29: 31-61.

Croll, E. (1983) Chinese women since Mao. London: Zed Books.

Davin, D. (1999) Internal migration in contemporary China, New York: St Martin’s Press.

Davis, D. (1989) ‘Chinese Social Welfare: Policies and Outcomes’, The China quarterly., 119:577-597.

Davis, D. and Vogel, E. (Eds) (1990) Chinese society on the eve of Tiananmen : the impact of reform. Harvard University.

Guthrie, Doug (2009) China and Globalization: The Social, Economic and Political Transformation of Chinese Society, London: Routledge.

Honig, E. and Hershatter, G. (1988). Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980s. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Chapter on work.

Jacka, T. (1997) Women's work in rural China : change and continuity in an era of reform. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lewis, John W. and Xue Litai (2003) ‘Social Change and Political Reform in China: Meeting the Challenge of Success’,The China quarterly.176: 926-42.

Liu Jieyu (2007) Gender and work in urban China : women workers of the unlucky generation. London: Routledge.

Scharping, Thomas (2003) Birth control in China, 1949-1999 : population policy and demographic development London: Routledge.

Walder, Andrew G. (1986) Communist Neo-traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Wang, Fei-Ling (1998) Institutions and institutional change in China : premodernity and modernization. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Seminar Week 10

Required reading (seminar discussion text; available through the library catalogue)

Barabantseva, Elena. 2009. Development as localisation: ethnic minorities in official discourse on China’s Western Development strategy. Critical Asian studies.. 41(2), pp.225-254.

Reading for Week 9 (Regional inequality) and Week 10 (Nationality)

The following is some suggested reading. I highly recommend that you read the ‘recommended reading’ for each topic. The ‘further reading’ lists are not exhaustive, but provide some suggestions for further reading from among the sources available in the library / via the library catalogue.

Regional inequality

Recommended reading

Chung Jae Ho et al 2009 Assessing the 'Revive the Northeast' (zhenxing dongbei) Programme: origins, policies and implementation. The China quarterly. 197.

Fan, Cindy. 1997. Uneven development and beyond: regional development theory in post-Mao China.International journal of urban and regional research = Revue internationale de recherche urbaine et régionale .21(4), pp.620-639.

[Available from <>]

Goodman, David S.G. 2004. The campaign to ‘Open up the West’: national, provincial-level and local perspectives.The China quarterly.. 178, pp.317-334.

Lai, Hongyi. 2007. Developing central China: A new regional programme. China: An International Journal 5(1), pp.209-128.

Yang, Dali. 1990. Patterns of China’s regional development strategy.The China quarterly.122, pp.230-257.

[This paper compares China’s approaches to regional development in the Maoist period and the first decade of the reform period.]

Further reading

Fan, C. Cindy and Mingjie Sun. 2008. Regional Inequality in China, 1978-2006.Eurasian geography and economics.48(1), pp.1-20.

[See this paper for statistics on regional equality]

Fischer, Andrew M. 2005. State growth and social exclusion in Tibet : challenges of recent economic growth. Copenhagen: NIAS.

Goodman, David S.G., ed. 1989. China's regional development. London and New York: Routledge.

[The introduction by Richard Kirkby and Terry Cannon provides useful background, with an overview of the Maoist period and the early reform years].

Goodman, David S.G., ed. 1997. China's provinces in reform : class, community, and political culture. London and New York: Routledge.

Goodman, David S.G., ed. 2004. China's Campaign to "Open Up the West": National, Provincial, and Local Perspectives. The China quarterly. Special Issues No.5 (Vol 178). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Saich, Tony. 2011. Governance and politics of China. Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 7 . [This has a section on regional inequality set in the context of central-local relations and fiscal reforms]

Wang Shaoguang and Hu Angang. 1999. The political economy of uneven development : the case of China. New York and London: M.E.Sharpe.

[A 1990s critique of China's regional disparities]

Nationality and nationalism

Recommended reading

Gladney, Dru C. 2004.Dislocating China: reflections on Muslims, minorities, and other subaltern subjects. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter 2 (pp.6-27).

Sautman, Barry. 2012. Paved with Good Intentions: Proposals to Curb Minority Rights and Their Consequences for China Modern China.. 38: pp.10-39.

Further reading

Barabantseva, Elena. 2008. From the Language of Class to the Rhetoric of Development: Discourse of ‘Nationality’ and ‘Ethnicity’ in China.Journal of contemporary China.17(56), pp .

Bulag, Uradyn E. 2010. Alter/native Mongolian identity: from nationality to ethnic group. In: Elizabeth Perry and Mark Selden, eds. Chinese society: change, conflict and resistance. London and New York: Routledge, pp.261-287.

Harrell, Stevan, ed. 1995.Cultural encounters on China's ethnic frontiers. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

[Available online via the library catalogue]

Heberer, Thomas. 2001. Nationalities conflict and ethnicity in the People's Republic of China with special reference to the Yi in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. In:

[Available online from <>]

Kaup, Katherine P. 2000.Creating the Zhuang : ethnic politics in China. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Unger, Jonthan. 1997. Report from the field: Not quite Han: The ethnic minorities of China's southwest. Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars.. 29(3), pp.67-78.

For contrasting perspectives on nationality autonomy in the Tibetan case that you might wish to compare and contrast see:

Information Office of the State Council of the PRC. 2004. Regional Ethnic Autonomy in Tibet. White Papers of the Government [online]. Available from:<>.

Smith, Warren. 2004. China’s policy on Tibetan autonomy. East-West Center working paper [online]. 2(October 2004). Available from:

For comments from various scholars seeking to understand the recent series of self-immolations in Tibetan areas of the PRC see the journal Cultural Anthropology at

Week 11: State and society

Required reading

Gries, Peter Hays and Stanley Rosin. Introduction: popular protest and state legitimation in 21st century China. In: Gries, Peter Hays and Stanley Rosin, eds. State and society in 21st century China : crisis, contention, and legitimation. New York and London: Routledge Curzon, pp.1-23 . [Copies provided in Week 10].

Suggested sources for readings

You may select a chapter from the following books (both available online):

Gries, Peter Hays and Stanley Rosen. 2004. State and society in 21st century China : crisis, contention, and legitimation New York and London: Routledge.

[This book is available online via the library catalogue]

Perry, Elizabeth J. and Mark Selden, eds. 2010.Chinese society : change, conflict and resistance. London: Routledge,

[This book is available online via the library catalogue]

Alternatively, you may wish to use a journal article. The following journals all have related papers in their recent issues and all can be accessed via the library catalogue:

Optional extra

For an earlier discussion of approaches to the study of Chinese state and society see:

Perry, Elizabeth J. 1994. Trends in the Study of Chinese Politics: State-Society Relations.The China quarterly. 139, pp. 704-713

This list was last updated on 09/01/2013