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Contemporary Chinese Politics : New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies - Allen Carlson

Contemporary Chinese Politics

New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies

By: Allen Carlson (Editor), Mary Elizabeth Gallagher (Editor), Kenneth Lieberthal (Editor), Melanie Manion (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th September 2010
ISBN: 9780521197830
Number Of Pages: 328

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Contemporary Chinese Politics: Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies considers how new and diverse sources and methods are changing the study of Chinese politics. Contributors spanning three generations in China studies place their distinct qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in the framework of the discipline and point to challenges or opportunities (or both) of adapting new sources and methods to the study of contemporary China. How can we more effectively use new sources and methods of data collection? How can we better integrate the study of Chinese politics into the discipline of political science, to the betterment of both? This comprehensive methodological survey will be of immense interest to graduate students heading into the field for the first time and experienced scholars looking to keep abreast of the state of the art in the study of Chinese politics.

'... a milestone in the methodology for studying contemporary Chinese politics that deserves to be emulated by those conducting research on other geographical and cultural areas. ... Each of the chapters is of exceptional quality and highly readable. ... this excellent work is essential reading for everyone studying and researching Chinese politics.' The China Journal
'Contemporary Chinese Politics has made a great contribution to the field by presenting the reader with the latest research findings in terms of methods of data collection, processing, and analyzing ... This edited volume has shown to the reader how the application of social science methodologies can uncover new knowledge on China and how new knowledge on China can contribute to the field.' Japanese Journal of Political Science
"The study of Chinese politics is changing. There's no better guide to how it is changing or who is leading the way than this book. Cutting-edge methods imported from the social sciences, sources that were unimaginable just a few years ago, and novel fieldwork strategies are all highlighted in a uniformly strong set of essays." Kevin J. O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley
"This book is a must-read for all serious students of Chinese politics. Offering an informed overview of the current state of the field, as well as practical tips on research design and methods, the volume highlights the remarkable diversity in approaches and sources that characterizes the study of contemporary Chinese politics. Taking advantage of the explosion of new data that has accompanied the opening of mainland China to social science investigation, the authors explore the promise (and problems) of a closer integration with the political science discipline." Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute
"With contributions from many of the leading scholars in Chinese politics, this volume represents a tour de force in its analysis of the methodological concerns and new data sources that any serious student of China will encounter in the process of conducting fieldwork, consulting archives, choosing research sites, designing and implementing a survey, using electronic media sources, coding data, etc. The volume should be required reading in upper undergraduate and graduate courses on Chinese politics and research methods." Kellee S. Tsai, Johns Hopkins University
"Contemporary Chinese Politics has made a great contribution to the field by presenting the reader with the latest research findings in terms of methods of data collection, processing, and analyzing ... This edited volume has shown to the reader how the application of social science methodologies can uncover new knowledge on China and how new knowledge on China can contribute to the field." Japanese Journal of Political Science

Tables and Figuresp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Sources
State-Generated Data and Contentious Politics in Chinap. 15
Why Archives?p. 33
The Central Committee, Past and Present: A Method of Quantifying Elite Biographiesp. 51
Experimental Methods and Psychological Measures in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policyp. 69
Internet Resources and the Study of Chinese Foreign Relations: Can Cyberspace Shed New Light on China's Approach to the World?p. 88
Information Overload? Collecting, Managing, and Analyzing Chinese Media Contentp. 107
Qualitative Methods
The Worm's-Eye View: Using Ethnography to Illuminate Labor Politics and Institutional Change in Contemporary Chinap. 129
More Than an Interview, Less Than Sedaka: Studying Subtle and Hidden Politics with Site-Intensive Methodsp. 145
Cases, Questions, and Comparison in Research on Contemporary Chinese Politicsp. 162
Survey Methods
A Survey of Survey Research on Chinese Politics: What Have We Learned?p. 181
Surveying Prospects for Political Change: Capturing Political and Economic Variation in Empirical Research in Chinap. 200
Using Clustered Spatial Data to Study Diffusion: The Case of Legal Institutions in Chinap. 219
Measuring Change and Stability over a Decade in the Beijing Area Studyp. 236
Quantitative Research and Issues of Political Sensitivity in Rural Chinap. 246
Reflections on the Evolution of the China Field in Political Sciencep. 266
Glossaryp. 279
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780521197830
ISBN-10: 052119783X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 13th September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66

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