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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.
Since the 1970s, the world has been facing fundamental social change at both the macro-level, such as the impact of globalization and the restructuring of the welfare state, and at the micro-level with issues relating to family and individual lives. It is increasingly accepted that the type of welfare regime heavily influences people’s decision to marry or to have children as well as the relationship between genders. Likewise, the transnational migration of care-workers impacts on the way of life and quality of life of the elderly in the growing number of aged societies around the world as well as on the workers’ own families back in their home countries.

This series linking family research, social policy and migration studies, sets out to shed light at many levels and in a wide variety of contexts on this key twenty-first century issue that could be termed a “reconstruction of the intimate and the public” from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. There is a special focus on Asia where dynamic social changes are resulting in unsustainable societies with extremely low fertility; yet it is such countries that are witnessing the rise in marriage migration to fill the gender gap caused by a skewed sex ratio at birth. Also addressed are issues arising from the alleged convergence of European welfare retrenchment on the one hand, and on the other, the Asian struggle to establish basic welfare state structures at a time of state budget cuts thereby posing the fundamental question regarding the nature of sustainable welfare provision.

The first volume of the IPAP series Ryōsai Kenbo: The Educational Ideal of 'Good Wife, Wise Mother' in Modern Japan has won the 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award.
The third volume of the IPAP series Asian Women and Intimate Work has won the 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award.

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The series published an average of two volumes per year over the last 5 years.
On the thirtieth anniversary of China’s reform and opening we can say with confidence that China has truly established itself. The economic progress achieved over these thirty years of reform and opening is historically unprecedented, not only in China, but in the history of the world, and understanding what has happened in China during this period is the first aim of this series of volumes. These works also aim to draw on the experience of three decades of reform and opening to help map China’s road ahead, and to draw the attention of the world to China’s experience of reform and opening. The world needs not only to understand China but also to make room for China in its understanding of globalization.

Chinese Overseas

History, Literature, and Society

Edited by Gungwu Wang

From a tradition of sojourning, Chinese overseas have established communities around the world that have contributed to the development of China as well as of the countries they have made their homes. There has also grown a new consciousness of identity following the emergence of China as a modern state and the expansion of a global economy. This series aims to study the people and institutions that shaped these identities and how these entities interact with other people, institutions, and communities. It seeks to bring together scholarly work that examines the spectrum of historical experiences, the writings that capture the quality of migrant lives, and the manifold responses to changing social environments.

The series published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
This series aims to publish theoretically-informed, source-based scholarship on women and gender issues in China studies. Manuscript submissions may range in chronological coverage from earliest times to contemporary China. We will consider monograph studies as well as edited volumes from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. We also encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to complex themes and questions.
This yearbook, the English version of the Chinese Green Book of Population and Labor (人口与劳动绿皮书), examines current developments in the Chinese demographic transition and its implications, especially for the labor market. Each annual report is a collection of articles written by demographers and economists from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and other leading research institutes, policy think tanks, and universities in China. Several of the articles analyze the results of in-depth and population surveys conducted in recent years, and many of the findings of this research has influenced and continues to influence major government policy decisions made by the Chinese government.

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The series published one volume over the last 5 years.
China’s education system has grown increasingly complex, creating the need for an annual critical review of the education system by China’s top scholars. The Blue Book of Education (教育蓝皮书), as it is known in Chinese, has gained a reputation for offering the most penetrating perspective in China about educational reform and development. The China Educational Development Yearbook is an important English translation of this critical annual report where developments, challenges, and crises in Chinese education are comprehensively discussed and critically analyzed. This series is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the perspective of some of China’s most critical scholars about the most pressing challenges facing educational development in China.

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Edited by Sarah Biddulph, Albert Chen and Pitman Potter

The China Legal Development Yearbook is the English version of the Chinese Rule of Law Blue Book (法制蓝皮书)edited by the Institute of Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and containing articles written by leading Chinese law and legal policy scholars and judges. The yearbook contains reports on law reform priorities, major legal policy debates and an account of legislation proposed and passed during the past year, and provides a valuable insight into contemporary debates in China about the substance, direction and priorities of legal reform.

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Edited by Albert Park

The China Economy Yearbook is an English translation of the annual Blue Book of China’s Economy (经济蓝皮书) edited by leading economists at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). This annual report chronicles economic developments of the previous year and forecasts predictions for the upcoming year. The yearbook provides detailed analyses of China’s economy during the year and valuable insights into the reasons for China’s successes and failures in addressing emerging challenges facing the Chinese economy.

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Edited by Yanjie Bian, Nan Lin and Xueguang Zhou

The China Society Yearbook is the English version of the Blue Book of China’s Society (社会蓝皮书), a series of annual reports edited by sociologists from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). With over 1.3 billion people and continuous economic growth, Chinese society is experiencing changes on an unprecedented scale. These yearbooks collect influential articles written by prominent sociologists in China that wrestle with social developments of the previous year and address predicted changes for the approaching year.

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