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From a unique Global South Political Economy perspective, this volume showcases outstanding works on the economic, social, and political development of China. It covers topics such as the Chinese development model, the evolution of social classes, the country's projection on the global stage, and the recent technological dispute with the United States. It does so by avoiding the trap (particularly perilous in the case of China) of isolating the economy from politics. The authors demonstrate that without understanding the contradictory movements of these two dimensions in their historical evolution, it is impossible to grasp contemporary China.

Contributors are: Esther Majerowicz, Carlos Aguiar de Medeiros, Isabela Nogueira, Edemilson Paraná, Valéria Lopes Ribeiro and Hao Qi.
The Art of Governing a Buddhist Frontier Community in the Himalaya
This book examines the art of governing a Himalayan frontier community through local institutions and customary law in the context of extensive socio-economic and political change. Limi, the Land in-between discusses the roles of the village assembly and the Buddhist monastery in local governance and details the monastery's functions as a ritual provider, tax collector, and its contribution to environmental management and conflict resolution. Adopting a longitudinal perspective, the author explores how the villagers adapt to shifting Nepali administrative reforms and navigate the dilemmas arising with increasing outmigration as well as other transformations within the broader regional and global context.
Three Generations of Chinese Trotskyists in Defeat, Jail, Exile, and Diaspora
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With an introduction by Gregor Benton.

The Longest Night tells the story of Chinese Trotskyism in its later years, including after Mao Zedong's capture of Beijing in 1949. It treats the three ages of Chinese Trotskyism: the founding generation around Chen Duxiu, Zheng Chaolin, Wang Fanxi, and Peng Shuzhi, who joined the Opposition after their expulsion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); the first generation of those who (after 1931) did not first pass through the ranks of the CCP before becoming Trotskyists; and those who became Trotskyists after 1949, mainly in Hong Kong and the diaspora.
In Pamirian Crossroads and Beyond Hermann Kreutzmann offers insights in his fieldwork-based research in High Asia during four decades.
A human-geographical perspective is pursued in which case studies about colonial and post-colonial boundary-making, exchange relations of mountain communities across international borders, the transformation of agricultural and pastoral practices and the effects of modernisation strategies in neighbouring countries are centred in the Hindukush, Wakhan Quadrangle, Pamirian Crossroads, Karakoram Mountains and Himalaya. Empirical evidence is augmented by in-depth archival research, thus allowing a perspective from the 19th to the 21st century.
By shifting the focus to mountain peripheries and emphasising spaces in between urban centres of power in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the Central Asian Republics different arenas of confrontation and effective changes emerge.
Local Councils and People’s Assemblies in Korea, 1567–1894
Eugene Y. Park’s annotated translation of a long-awaited book by Kim Ingeol introduces Anglophone readers to a path-breaking scholarship on the widening social base of political actors who shaped “public opinion” (kongnon) in early modern Korea. Initially limited to high officials, the articulators of public opinion as the state and elites recognized grew in number to include mid-level civil officials, State Confucian College students, all Confucian literati (yurim), influential commoners who took over local councils (hyanghoe), and the general population. Marshaling evidence from a wealth of documents, Kim presents a compelling case for the indigenous origins of Korean democracy.
China under Xi Jinping: an Interdisciplinary Assessment provides a comprehensive review of Xi's reforms and his impact on the course taken by modern China, both domestically and internationally. The authors of the chapters – experts dealing with China in their daily academic or analytical work – formulate answers to the following questions:
• How has China’s political system changed under Xi Jinping?
• What characterizes Xi as a politician?
• What are the reasons for the success of China’s economic transformation?
• What’s next for the Belt and Road Initiative?
• How is Xi Jinping’s China responding to challenges in terms of security policy, but also, i.e., climate protection and energy transition?
• How is Chinese nationalism shaping up under Xi’s rule?
• How is Xi Jinping’s cabinet responding to the domestic and international challenges?
• What changes have occurred in Chinese culture since Xi took power?


Big Brother Naija, Nigeria’s localization of the international Big Brother Franchise, is the most subscribed reality show among the Nigerian youth. This is due to its explicit eroticism and lucrative rewards. The show is controversial as the libertine population believes in it while spiritual devotees and culture moralists see the show as social corruption. This study therefore explores the social implications of open eroticism and profligacy on the impressionable youth as this concerns Nigeria’s future sustainability. The research is guided by qualitative research principles and Diana Leat’s conception of Social Change Theory emphasizing culture as pivotal in progressive societal changes. The researcher relied on native intuition for research assertions and digital platforms for accessing videos and commentaries on the reality show. The paper opines that Nigerian youth’s repudiation of due process is injurious to the country’s future. Urgent government’s interventions are inevitable in redirecting the orientation of the Nigerian youth.

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