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Among the topics debated in these pages are the future of China’s growth model; the deepening crisis on the land; the country’s emerging class structure, and the fate of its workers; its commercial and high culture, and the interactions between them; the role of social movements and the aftermath of the late eighties; the prospects of a democratic constitution and the direction of China’s foreign policy. This collection gives a unique window onto the variety and vigor of opinions about public affairs expressed in China today.
Contributions by He Qinglian, Wang Hui, Chen Pingyuan, Qin Hui, Hu Angang, Gan Yang, Wang Xiaoming, Gian Liqun, and others.
“Reading this book is a must for students and scholars interested in the evolution of Chinese intellectual life at the end of the twentieth century.”
“The indispensable survey of China's recent social, political and cultural thought. The coverage is breath-taking.”
“A basic document for understanding contemporary China.”
“There is a Chinese intellectual realm just as astonishing as the Chinese economy. The authors engage in lively debate among themselves and are in complete command of Western thought and philosophy. They show that whatever the troubles of their nation, individual Chinese can take up the most sophisticated features of modern culture.”
“The only work of its kind available in English. A welcome reminder of the growing diversity of Chinese intellectual thought.”
“Wang's collection stands out for its focus on issues of democracy and social justice.”