Reading List on Chinese Politics & Society, esp. Crises and Disasters

My personal list seeking to understand the human stories as well as the central-local relations, bureaucratic coordination and political history in modern & contemporary China behind the #coronavirus outbreak:

Ashton, B., Hill, K., Piazza, A., & Zeitz, R. Famine in China, 1958–61. Population and Development Review, 1984 10(4), 613–645.

Davis, Deborah, and Helen F. Siu. Sars: Reception and Interpretation in Three Chinese Cities. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Dikötter, Frank. Mao’s great famine: The history of China’s most devastating catastrophe, 1958–62, 2010. Hardcover: Walker & Company; Roney, B. (2011).

__________. How to be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century. Bloomsbury 2019.

Fincher, Leta Hong. Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. New York: Verso Books, 2018.

Goosaert, Vincent and David A. Palmer. The Religious Question in Modern China. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010.

Guo Ting. “Politics of love: Love as a religious and political discourse in modern China through the lens of political leaders.” Critical Research on Religion.

Heilmann, Sebastian Red Swan: How Unorthodox Policy Making Facilitated China’s Rise. Columbia 2018.

Hershatter, Gail. Women and China’s Revolutions. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Kang, Yi. Disaster Management in China in a Changing Era. Springer, 2015.

Huang, Yasheng. Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Kang, Xiaofei. “Revisiting White-haired Girl: Women, Gender, and Religion in Communist Revolutionary Propaganda.” In Gendering Chinese Religions: Subject, Identity, and Body, edited by Jinhua Jia, Xiaofei Kang, and Ping Yao. Albany, NY: Suny Press, 2014, pp. 133-156.

Lee, Haiyan. Revolution of the Heart: Genealogy of Love in China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Li, Sipan. Hair Shaving as Political Ritual. 李思磐:一场事先张扬的落发仪式:

Lim, Louisa. The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Liu, Shao-hu.《我的凉山兄弟:毒品、艾滋与流动青年》
– English version: Passage to Manhood: Youth Migration, Heroin and AIDS in Southwest China. By Shao-hua Liu. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Lu, Pin. “Finding a Voice,” Logic, March 28, 2019:…/viewpoint/finding-voice

MacFarquhar, Roderick. The Politics of China. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Mitter, Rana Mitter. A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Nedostup, Rebecca. Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity. Harvard 2010.

Repnikova, Maria. Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Shen, Lu. Silenced at home, finding a voice overseas: China’s feminists cultivate the expatriate community. SCMP.…/silenced-home-finding-voice-overseas…

Smith, Stephen Anthony. A Road Is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-1927. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2000.

Sorace, Christian. Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017.

Spence, Jonathan D.. The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution, 1895-1980. New York: Viking Press, 1981.

Stockmann, D., & Mary Gallagher. Remote control: How the media sustain authoritarian rule in China. Comparative Political Studies, 2011 44(4), 436–467

Szonyi, Michael. The Art of Being Governed: Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China. Princeton 2017.

Thornton, Patricia M. “Crisis and Governance: Sars and the Resilience of the Chinese Body Politic.” The China Journal, no. 61 (2009): 23-48.

Treagold, Donald. The West in Russia and China: Religious and Secular Thought in Modern Times, vol. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.

Vogel, Ezra F. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Belknap, 2011.

Wasserstrom, Jeff and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Xu, Bin. The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Yang, Jisheng. Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962. Farrar, 2013.

Zhou, Xueguang. The Institutional Logic of Governance in China: An Organizational Approach [in Chinese, 中国国家治理的制度逻辑:一个组织学研究] (Forhcoming).

Twitter accounts to follow: LARB China Channel, @rzhongnotes, Lausan 流傘, @XinqiSu, @shenlulushen, @IlariaMariaSala, and yours truly @tingguowrites

– There are of course more. Please feel free to share or suggest more.

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