New Books Network

Macabe Keliher, “The Board of Rites and the Making of Qing China” (U California Press, 2019)
Bringing attention to the importance of li (an articulated system of social domination and political legitimization, consisting of rituals, ceremonies, and rites) as the foundation of the Qing political system, Macabe Keliher’s book The Board of Rites and the Making of Qing China (University of California Press, 2019) challenges traditional... Read More
Charlotte Bruckermann, “Claiming Homes: Confronting Domicide in Rural China” (Berghahn Books, 2019)
Today I talked to Charlotte Bruckermann about her new book Claiming Homes: Confronting Domicide in Rural China (Berghahn Books, 2019). Chinese citizens make themselves at home despite economic transformation, political rupture, and domestic dislocation in the contemporary countryside. By mobilizing labor and kinship to make claims over homes, people, and... Read More
Brian DeMare, “Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Many people outside China, and indeed many urbanites living in the country, rarely think about its vast rural areas. Yet today’s People’s Republic in many ways owes existence to the countryside where, seven and more decades ago, a rural revolution brought the new state into people’s lives, and new people... Read More
Diana Fu, “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
When advocacy organizations are forbidden from rallying people to take to the streets, what do they do? Diana Fu’s nuanced ethnography of Chinese labor organizations demonstrates how grassroots non-governmental organizations (NGOs) mobilize under repressive political conditions. Instead of facilitating collective action through public protests or strikes, Fu demonstrates how Chinese... Read More
Julia C. Strauss, “State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2019) by Julia C. Strauss is a comparative study of regime consolidation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) after 1949. It examines the ways in which bureaucratic and campaign modalities... Read More
Courtney J. Fung, “China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status” (Oxford UP, 2019)
China is a veto-holding member of the UN Security Council yet Chinese officials have been skeptical of using the powers of the UN to pressure nations accused of human rights violations. The PRC has emphasized the norm of sovereignty and rejected external interference in its own internal affairs. Yet they... Read More
Yue Hou, “The Private Sector in Public Office: Selective Property Rights in China” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In China, roughly 60% of GDP and 80% of employment comes from the private sector – yet half of private entrepreneurs report that they faced expropriation of property by local governments. In her book, The Private Sector in Public Office: Selective Property Rights in China (Cambridge University PRess, 2020), Yue... Read More
Chris Courtney, “The Nature of Disaster in China: The 1931 Yangzi River Flood” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
For somewhat unfortunate reasons, many more people in the world now know about the existence and location of a city called Wuhan than was the case at the start of 2020. But most of these likely remain unaware of just how pivotal a role Wuhan has played in many events... Read More
Gregory A. Scott, “Building the Buddhist Revival: Reconstructing Monasteries in Modern China” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Gregory A. Scott‘s Building the Buddhist Revival: Reconstructing Monasteries in Modern China (Oxford University Press, 2020) is the first major work in any language to address the topic of Buddhist monastery reconstructions. This book focuses on reconstructions of Buddhist monasteries in modern China that took place in the period from... Read More
Margaret Hillenbrand, “Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China” (Duke UP, 2020)
The fact that secrecy and the concealment of information is important in today’s China is hardly a secret in itself, yet the ways that this secrecy is structured and sustained in such a vast society is not especially well understood. A lot more must be at play than simply the... Read More