Edited by Jianfu Chen

After nearly four decades of reform, China is a transformed and yet a rapidly changing society. Along with the continuing economic changes, there is no dispute that China has witnessed tremendous transformations in the area of law.

This series aims to study the legal development in China from the historical and comparative perspectives. It seeks to bring together scholarly work that not only examines legal theories but also investigates how law is implemented and enforced in the Chinese society. It aims to become the series of choice for prospective authors of in-depth historica, theoretical studies as well as socio-legal and empirical studies on Chinese law.
Chronicles of Contemporary Chinese Social Life includes part of the data collected at the Fudan Data Center for Contemporary Chinese Social Life by Professor Zhang Letian and his team from grassroots society in China, either directly from the owner/author or from collectors who work with the original owner/author. The data is systematic and comprehensive in a self-standing way. All the data that were selected for publication are from a particular rural collective, an urban work-unit, or a residential community and thus reflect the wholeness of the given unit of social life. These data all stretch for a time span of ten years or more, providing enough temporal depth for research and better understanding. These non-aggregated data at the grassroots level systematically reflect the real social life of a particular community over a long time period; they are rich in details for both in-depth case studies and comparative studies. As these kinds of data have never been published before, this publication is truly unique and original.



The targeted readers include China scholars around the world, particularly those whose research focus on contemporary or post-1949 China and/or teaching courses for the same period, graduate students in the same fields for both learning and their own research, and some individuals from the concerned public who want to learn more about Chinese social life by engaging in original and untouched empirical data.
How have the historical experiences and legacies of the communist revolution before 1949 and socialism under Mao influenced the course of reform and development in China since the 1980s? And how do Chinese intellectuals reexamine the aspects and trajectories of socialism and reform in China and reinterpret the links and discontinuities between them? The Rethinking Socialism and Reform in China series presents the most innovative studies in English translation by leading Chinese scholars, which have been originally published by Open Times ( Kaifang shidai), one of the most influential journals in China that appeals to both academics and the general public. The planned volumes of the series cover a variety of themes ranging from the communist revolution, social control and mobilization, and everyday power relations in Maoist China, to economic change, governance and resistance, gender, ethnicity, and cultural issues in recent decades.
Historical Studies of Contemporary China is a collaboration between Brill and the Social Sciences Academic Press to bring the best of Chinese historical scholarship to English speaking readers. This series draws on articles from the journal Studies of Contemporary Chinese History 《当代中国史研究》 ( Dangdai Zhongguo shi yanjiu). Published by the Institute of Contemporary China at the China Academy of Social Sciences, this journal is the most important national publication in the history of China after 1949. Each volume of the series is arranged around themes such as agrarian, economic, diplomatic and gender history, and each features a scholarly introduction that discusses the significance of this work in light of political and intellectual changes. This series gives a detailed introduction to how Chinese academic historians understand their own country’s recent past. It will be of interest to the well informed general reader, as well as scholars and researchers in the relevant disciplines and areas of focus.

“当代中国史研究”书系是Brill和社会科学文献出版社之间的合作成果之一,该书系将中国优秀的历史学术研究呈现给英语读者群。该书系收录从《当代中国史研究》学术期刊精心挑选出的文章。该刊由中国社会科学研究院当代史所出版,是关于中国当代史(1949年后)最重要的国家出版物。“当代中国史研究”书系中的每本书(除第一本综合卷以外)都将围绕某个特定的主题,如农业、经济、外交和性别史,每本书都包括该学术领域专家撰写的简介,讨论该文集对于中国政治和思想变化的作用。该书系帮助读者具体了解中国历史学家如何认识自己国家的过去。该书系针对相关学科和重点领域的学者、研究人员以及感兴趣的普通读者。

Topics
Volume 1: Comprehensive Overview
Volume 2: Agriculture
Volume 3 ( forthcoming): Medicine and Health
Volume 4 ( forthcoming): Family and Gender
( forthcoming): Urban Governance in the 1950s
( forthcoming): The Great Leap Forward
( forthcoming): Social Reorganization and Transformation
( forthcoming): Cultural History
( forthcoming): Economic Development
( forthcoming): Diplomacy
The social sciences in China and the U.S. have come to be rather heavily dominated by abstract theorizing divorced from practical realities. What this series proposes to emphasize instead is actual economic and legal, and historical and social practices, and the theoretical logics evidenced therein. The theoretical works included in the series proceed not from theory to practice, but rather from practice to theory; the empirical studies included are ones of important theoretical implications.

We propose to include selected major works in each of five sub-series, to be published simultaneously in both English and Chinese, or, where the work is already available in one language (English or Chinese), then its translation into the other. The five sub-series include one each in the history and theory of legal practice, the economic history and economics of practice, and the social history and sociology of practice. The fourth series consists of broader cross-disciplinary works in historical political economy, in the tradition of the likes of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. The fifth series includes major innovations evident in Chinese economic, legal, social, and political-economic practices that have yet to receive full theoretical elaboration.

The series should be of interest to the well informed general reader and students as well as scholars and researchers in the relevant disciplines and areas of focus.

The series has published an average of one volume per year since 2014.

Edited by Gerard Postiglione

China's momentous educational transformation has not taken place without a thriving intellectual discourse. The aim of the series is to expose those in the world outside of China, particularly the English language audience, to the most influential books in the field of contemporary education. Each book has contributed to the richness, complexity and depth of intellectual discussion about Chinese education. The books in the series would include those of Cai Yuanpei, the first president of Peking University, Gu Mingyaun, a leading contemporary educational thinker, Pan Guangdan, a leading sociologist who influenced education developments, Pan Maoyuan, a prolific author on higher education developments, and others. These books are aimed at anyone who wants to understand the thinking behind and beyond the often used phrase "educational reform with Chinese characteristics."

The series has published an average of one volume per year since 2013.
Chinese Research Perspectives on Population and Labor is the new generation of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yearbooks: Population and Labor. As with the CASS Yearbooks, the original versions of these volumes are published in China by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and are edited principally by leading researchers from CASS and other top research institutions and universities. The Chinese Research Perspectives volumes will no longer be strictly organized on an annual basis. Rather, the selection of contributions will cover developments in China of particular interest to a Western (non-Chinese speaking) audience and will occasionally differ from the Chinese-language yearbooks. The selection of contributions for the English-language series and the translations of those volumes are supervised by Western editorial boards. The volumes included in this subseries on Population and Labor will continue to provide Western readers with firsthand insights into the discussions on current developments in the Chinese demographic transition and its implications, especially for the labor market.
Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment is the new generation of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yearbooks: Environment. As with the CASS Yearbooks, the original versions of these volumes are published in China by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) in cooperation with Friends of Nature, China’s premier environmental non-governmental organization, who are also the principal editors. The Chinese Research Perspectives volumes will no longer be strictly organized on an annual basis. Rather, the selection of contributions will cover developments in China of particular interest to a Western (non-Chinese speaking) audience and will occasionally differ from the Chinese-language yearbooks. The selection of contributions for the English-language series and the translations of those volumes are supervised by Western editorial boards. The volumes included in the series will continue to address urgent national and global environmental issues facing China and serve as a rare primary source in English for those interested in studying the development of civil society phenomena in China.
Chinese Research Perspectives on Education is the new generation of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yearbooks: Educational Development. As with the CASS Yearbooks, the original versions of these volumes are published in China by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and are edited principally by leading researchers from CASS and other top research institutions and universities. The Chinese Research Perspectives volumes will no longer be strictly organized on an annual basis. Rather, the selection of contributions will cover developments in China of particular interest to a Western (non-Chinese speaking) audience and will occasionally differ from the Chinese-language yearbooks. The selection of contributions for the English-language series and the translations of those volumes are supervised by Western editorial boards. The volumes included in this subseries on Education will continue to provide Western readers with discussions and critical analyses on developments, challenges, and crises in Chinese education. This sub-series is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the perspective of China’s most critical scholars about the most pressing challenges facing educational development in China.
Chinese Research Perspectives is the new generation of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yearbooks. As before the focus will be on the six research areas of the CASS Yearbooks: Education, the Environment, Law, Population and Labor, and Society. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yearbooks on Economy and Legal Development will not continue in the new Chinese Research Perspectives series.

The volumes in the Chinese Research Perspectives series will no longer be strictly organized on an annual basis. Rather, the selection of contributions will cover developments in China of particular interest to a Western (non-Chinese speaking) audience and will occasionally differ from the Chinese-language yearbooks. The volumes will continue to provide Western readers with firsthand insights into the discussions of China’s top scholars on contemporary issues in their country.

As with the CASS Yearbooks, the original versions of these volumes are published in China by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP), the publishing wing of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and are edited principally by leading researchers from CASS and other top research institutions and universities. The selection of contributions for the English-language Chinese Research Perspectives series and the translations of those volumes are supervised by Western editorial boards.

The series has published an average of three volumes per year since 2013.