Vol.1 June 2011

The online Journal, Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review (CCPBR), is published annually (ISSN 2045-0680) from 2011, by China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at LSE, supported by publishers, contributors and our International Advisory Board leading academics and China experts throughout the world.

Editorial team:

Editor-in-cheif: Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
Review Editor: Dr Geoffrey Gowlland
Managing Editor: Dr Xiangqun Chang

Contact: jccp@lse.ac.uk

Editor’s words

The China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) is the first of its kind in the world. As an 'advanced study on China' the CCPN encourages inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional, trans-national, and comparative approaches, and engages collaborative studies with academic, government, business and public on China in its Asian and global contexts. Its academic activities embrace a taught course, a journal, a laboratory for fostering researchers, a global network on networking, an International collaborative research base, a News and Events section, and a wide variety of Online resources.

CCPN is planning the publication of the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), which will publish original multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on contemporary China. It will be one of the first journals to publish articles that use the methodological lens of comparative analysis and research. The JCCP aims to bring out the best in academic scholarship, transcending traditional academic boundaries in an innovative manner.

Due to financial difficulties, the first issue of the JCCP was postponed. In the interim, the journal Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review was created to publish reviews of books received by the CCPN. The response to the initial call for reviewers was overwhelming: within a few days, most of the books we proposed had been assigned. This testifies to the high scholarly demand for works that put the current developments in China in comparative perspective with other areas of the world.

Two books we proposed in the call for reviews proved to be particularly popular, as they address two of the hottest topics in public debate about China: democracy (Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan) and the economic boom (Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping their Futures and Ours). In both cases, we decided to ask two authors to review the book in order to bring different opinions and perspectives to the table. We are also publishing here two review essays, the first covering a comparison of two books on civil society in Asia, and the second covering an in-depth review of the book Economic Reform in China and India.

We hope this issue will bring to the fore the richness of the current literature addressing China in a comparative perspective.

Geoffrey Gowlland

Editor 

Table of Contents

  Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan
      Reviewed by Hung-jen Wang .......................................................................................................1    
      Reviewed by Ting Luo .................................................................................................................2
  Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping their Futures and  Ours
      Reviewed by Jørgen Delman ... ....................................................................................................6     
      Reviewed by Karl Koch ................................................................................................................7    
  Civil Society in Asia 
(Review article)  
      By Tom Bannister .......................................................................................................................9 
  Economic Reform in China and India:
      Development Experience in a Comparative Perspective
(Review article)
      By Yingyao Wang ......................................................................................................................11
  Service Encounters: Class, Gender and the Market for Social Distinction in Urban China    
     Reviewed by Yang Zhan...............................................................................................................15 
  Against the Law: Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt

      Reviewed by He Huang ..............................................................................................................16
 Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires
     Reviewed by John Ashbourne.......................................................................................................18
 Unparalleled Reforms: China’s Rise, Russia’s Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition
     Reviewed by Tian Miao ...............................................................................................................19
 Imperial Formations
     Reviewed by Lisa Fischler ...........................................................................................................21
 Unravelling the China Miracle: A Comparative Study with India
     Reviewed by Benjamin Chemouni ................................................................................................23
 Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History
     Reviewed by Matthew Wills..........................................................................................................24
 War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe
     Reviewed by Hilde De Weerdt .....................................................................................................26
 Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia
     Reviewed by Yu Tao ..................................................................................................................28
 Ritual and Deference: Extending Chinese Philosophy in a Comparative Context
     Reviewed by Yu Hua .................................................................................................................29 

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 2011 年六月第一期

The online Journal, Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review (CCPBR), is published annually (ISSN 2045-0680) from 2011, by China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at LSE, supported by publishers, contributors and our International Advisory Board leading academics and China experts throughout the world.

编辑团队

主编:王斯福教授 (Professor Stephan Feuchtwang)

书评编辑:Geoffrey Gowlland博士

执行编辑:常向群博士 (Dr. Xiangqun Chang)

联系方法: books@ccpn-global.org

 

编者的话

The China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) is the first of its kind in the world. As an 'advanced study on China' the CCPN encourages inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional, trans-national, and comparative approaches, and engages collaborative studies with academic, government, business and public on China in its Asian and global contexts. Its academic activities embrace a taught course, a journal, a laboratory for fostering researchers, a global network on networking, an International collaborative research base, a News and Events section, and a wide variety of Online resources.

CCPN is planning the publication of the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), which will publish original multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on contemporary China. It will be one of the first journals to publish articles that use the methodological lens of comparative analysis and research. The JCCP aims to bring out the best in academic scholarship, transcending traditional academic boundaries in an innovative manner.

Due to financial difficulties, the first issue of the JCCP was postponed. In the interim, the journal Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review was created to publish reviews of books received by the CCPN. The response to the initial call for reviewers was overwhelming: within a few days, most of the books we proposed had been assigned. This testifies to the high scholarly demand for works that put the current developments in China in comparative perspective with other areas of the world.

Two books we proposed in the call for reviews proved to be particularly popular, as they address two of the hottest topics in public debate about China: democracy (Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan) and the economic boom (Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping their Futures and Ours). In both cases, we decided to ask two authors to review the book in order to bring different opinions and perspectives to the table. We are also publishing here two review essays, the first covering a comparison of two books on civil society in Asia, and the second covering an in-depth review of the book Economic Reform in China and India.

We hope this issue will bring to the fore the richness of the current literature addressing China in a comparative perspective.

Geoffrey Gowlland

Editor 

Table of Contents

  Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan
      Reviewed by Hung-jen Wang .......................................................................................................1    
      Reviewed by Ting Luo .................................................................................................................2
  Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping their Futures and  Ours
      Reviewed by Jørgen Delman ... ....................................................................................................6     
      Reviewed by Karl Koch ................................................................................................................7    
  Civil Society in Asia 
 (Review article)  
      By Tom Bannister .......................................................................................................................9 
  Economic Reform in China and India:
      Development Experience in a Comparative Perspective
 
(Review article)
      By Yingyao Wang ......................................................................................................................11
  Service Encounters: Class, Gender and the Market for Social Distinction in Urban China    
     Reviewed by Yang Zhan...............................................................................................................15 
  Against the Law: Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt

      Reviewed by He Huang ..............................................................................................................16
 Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires
     Reviewed by John Ashbourne.......................................................................................................18
 Unparalleled Reforms: China’s Rise, Russia’s Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition
     Reviewed by Tian Miao ...............................................................................................................19
 Imperial Formations
     Reviewed by Lisa Fischler ...........................................................................................................21
 Unravelling the China Miracle: A Comparative Study with India
     Reviewed by Benjamin Chemouni ................................................................................................23
 Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History
     Reviewed by Matthew Wills..........................................................................................................24
 War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe
     Reviewed by Hilde De Weerdt .....................................................................................................26
 Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia
     Reviewed by Yu Tao ..................................................................................................................28
 Ritual and Deference: Extending Chinese Philosophy in a Comparative Context
     Reviewed by Yu Hua .................................................................................................................29

 

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