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SOCIAL SCIENCE IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA / Vol. 54, No. 4 (Winter 1987)

January 2, 1988

Arien Mack, Editor 

 

Table of Contents

 

Gilbert Rozman 
The Comparative Study of Socialism in China: The Social Sciences at a Crossroads

In January 1987 the latest eruption of China's cyclical repression of "bourgeois liberalization" dealt a new setback to the comparative study of socialism-one of the most promising areas of scholarly advancement in the social sciences. Exactly three years earlier the chilly winds of winter had fanned the campaign against "spiritual pollution," and three years prior to that the campaign against the playwright Bai Hua had widened into a general warning to the creative intelligentsia.

 

Tamara K. Hareven
Reflections on Family Research in the People's Republic of China

In 1980 the first delegation of social scientists from the People's Republic of China (PRC) visited the United States. The delegation's members asked the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council to brief them about developments in social science in the United States, as part of their effort to revive sociological research in China after the long lull following liberation.

 

David E. Apter

Mao's Republic

Explores the relationship between political movements and symbolic or ideological capital, using Mao Zedong's Yan'an movement (the Chinese Communist revolution) as an example of how symbolic capital can be used to win political power.

 

Robert P. Weller

Historians and Consciousness: The Modern Politics of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

Uses Communist-era Chinese scholarship of the Taiping Rebellion to demonstrate the effects of the prevailing political background and orientation on research and teaching. The strong government influence on historians' work also manifests itself as a "lack of clarity about the relation of ideas to society at other times.

 

Gregory Eliyu Guldin
Anthropology in the People's Republic of China: The Winds of Change

Describes the evolution and present state of anthropology in Communist China. Southern anthropologists adhere to the US-inspired "four-fields" conception of the discipline, while elsewhere ethnologists, physical anthropologists, archaeologists, and linguists consider their work separate and unrelated.

 

David Luban

The Legacies of Nuremberg

Reviews the Nuremberg trials of war criminals after World War II, assessing the success of the prosecutors in developing standards of accountability for bureaucratic crime and the criminal state. The essential lawlessness of Weimar Germany led to the Nazi ascension to power and the trials failed to recognize and penalize the basic illegality of Nazi Germany.

 

 

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