Sociology and Anthropology in Twentieth-Century China
Sociology and Anthropology in Twentieth-Century China by Arif Dirlik
Book DescriptionWithin this text, the contributors provide a historical perspective on the development of anthropology and sociology since their introduction to Chinese thought and education in the early 20th century, with an emphasis on the 1930s and 1980s. The authors offer different windows on theoretical and research agendas of anthropologists and sociologists of the PRC and Taiwan, shaped as much by their political context as by disciplinary training. In examining the careers of several individual scholars, they also make note not only of their creative contributions, but also of the resonance of their intellectual concerns with contemporary issues in sociology and anthropology (culturalism, frontiers, women). Finally, the volume is organized loosely around the problem of how to translate these disciplines into a Chinese context(s), the issues of "indigenization"(bentuhua) or "making Chinese" (Zhongguohua), which have haunted the two disciplines since their establishment in the 1930s because of the contradictory expectations that they generate. This is where the case of China resonates with similar concerns in other societies where the disciplines were imported from abroad as products of a Euro/American capitalist modernity, conflicting with aspirations to create their own localized alternative modernities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789629964757
Classification: Society & culture: general
Format: Hardback (229mm x 160mm x 28mm)
Imprint: The Chinese University Press
Publisher: The Chinese University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2012
Country of Publication: Hong Kong
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Author Biography - Arif Dirlik
Arif Dirlik is Knight Professor of Social Science, University of Oregon (retired) and currently Liang Qichao Memorial Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
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