Civil Society in China

With B. Michael Frolic
The suppression of the Democracy Movement in 1989 drove political scientists and historians of China to seek to understand the conditions under which Chinese might see to organize society with and without the supervision of the state. The translation into English in 1989 of Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere did much to inspire students of the socialist and post-socialist world to imagine emerging alternatives. This collection of seven case studies and a theoretical introduction takes on this challenge. The intention of the author is not necessarily to look for civil society in China, but to explore that model in order to think about how China changed through the 20th century, and what indigenous resources might or might not be available to direct changes in the 21st. The book was translated for a Chinese edition in 2007, but was informally suppressed until its unannounced publication at the end of 2014.

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