chapter  3
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The Study of Chinese Society

Before 1979, lack of access to the field and a dearth of reliable data dissuaded many American scholars from studying Chinese society. With the restoration of academic exchanges and the availability of many kinds of data, scholars from a number of disciplines, including many non-China experts, embarked on numerous research projects conducted in China on various aspects of contemporary Chinese society. Their diverse methods and analytical perspectives are contributing to our understanding of the continuities and changes in Chinese society, in particular since the reform program began in 1979. They are also increasingly bridging the gap between the disciplines and area studies.