Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance (Key Ideas) by E. Perry

By E. Perry

This advent to chinese language society makes use of the subjects of resistance and protest to discover the complexity of lifestyles in modern China. The publication attracts on views from sociology, anthropology, psychology, heritage and political technological know-how and covers a large variety of matters together with ladies, labour, ethnic clash and suicide. This new revised variation provides 3 new chapters on Falun Gong, Christianity and land struggles thus providing a entire source for either undergraduates and experts within the box and inspiring the reader to problem traditional photographs of up to date chinese language society.

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That elitist approach did not gain much sympathy or support from the working class even though it did attract significant support from the intelligentsia and college students (largely because these social elites were much more politicized in the 1980s than in the 1990s). That is perhaps why, in the 1990s, the same dissidents began to pursue a twopronged strategy: combining direct challenges to the regime with the adoption of certain populist causes (such as workers’ rights, anticorruption and environmental protection) to gain public sympathy.

6 The central goal of the extension of rights to individuals, moreover, is not the protection of individuals against the state, but the better fulfilment of duties to the state by individuals. This state-centred notion of rights, Nathan argues, is a product of Chinese obsession with a weak state since the mid-nineteenth century. 7 RIGHTS AND RESISTANCE 27 Other scholars have detected a strong influence of utilitarianism and collectivism on the Chinese conceptualization of rights. Chinese often conceive of rights as interests.

1 Rights and resistance The changing contexts of the dissident movement Minxin Pei Rights consciousness not only increases the frequency of resistance, but changes the forms of such resistance. The forms and tactics of democratic resistance have undergone significant changes since the late 1970s. While the dissident movement in the 1980s favoured direct and confrontational methods of resistance, the same movement in the late 1990s began to rely increasingly on indirect and legal means. Although it is premature to evaluate the effectiveness of the new tactics, this chapter attempts to place the newly transformed dissident movement in political, institutional and social context.

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