Everyone is expected to undertake a weekly exercise in one of two ways. First, one can make use of the online databases of the National Bureau of Statistics (http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/ndsj/) and/or the World Bank (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator) to portray or represent graphically a fact, pattern, trend, piece of evidence or information that pertains to the topic of the week with a comparative element (e.g., over time, across regions, and even between societies), and then add a brief note commenting on the graphand/or raising questions for further exploration. Data from other sources can be used too. Second and alternatively, one can use Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com) or other online tools to search for a recent (since2017) academic article pertaining to the topic of the week, download the articlevia the Library’s gateway, and write a few words about its usefulness. The results from either exercise should be emailed to the instructor, preferably before class.
Week 4 Topic: Mao era and beyond
Kerry Brown. 2012. The Communist Party of China and Ideology. China: An International Journal10 (2): 52-68.Bruce Dickson. 2016. The Survival Strategy of the Chinese Communist Party. The Washington Quarterly 39(4): 27–44.Tony Saich. 2011. Governance and Politics of China(New York: Palgrave-Macmillan), chapter 9.Andrew Walder. 1989. Social Change in Post-revolution China. Annual Review of Sociology 1989. PaloAlto:Annual Reviews Inc.Xiaowei Zang. 2016. Government and Changing State–society Relations. In Xiaowei Zang (ed.), Understanding Chinese Society(London: Routledge, 2ndedition), chapter 15.Suisheng Zhao. 2016. Xi Jinping’s Maoist Revival. Journal of Democracy27(3):83-97.