As China enters the second decade of the 21st century, it faces tremendous challenges and crisis. How did China arrive at this point of crisis? How do we understand the nature of the challenges? More than any existing study of reform-era China, this volume offers a theoretical discussion of the cultural and social roots of the reform. It does so for the purpose of further exploring whether or t it is possible to imagine alternatives. Contributors to this second volume of Culture and Social Transformations in Reform Era China address these questions by exploring some of the most contentiously debated topics including liberalism, human rights, rule of law, the state, capitalism, and socialism.
Cao Tianyu, Ph.D. 1987, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He has published monographs, edited books and articles including The Chinese Model of Modern Development (2005). Zhong Xueping, Ph.D. 1993, University of Iowa, is Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture at Tufts University. She has published monographs, edited books and articles including Mainstream Culture Refocused (2010). Liao Kebin, Ph.D. 1989, Hangzhou University, is Professor of Classic Chinese Literature at Peking University. He has published monographs, edited books and articles including Mingdai Wenxue Fugu Yundong Yanjiu (2008). Ban Wang, Ph.D. 1993, UCLA, is William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His major publications include Words and Their Stories (2011).