This Handbook approaches Chinese Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective while attempting to establish a fundamental set of core values and tenets for the subject, in relation to the further development of Chinese Studies as an academic discipline. It aims to consolidate the current findings in Chinese Studies, extract the essence from each affiliated discipline, formulate a concrete set of ideas to represent the ‘Chineseness’ of the subject, establish a clear identity for the discipline and provide clear guidelines for further research and practice.

Topics included in this Handbook cover a wide spectrum of traditional and newly added concerns in Chinese Studies, ranging from the Chinese political system and domestic governance to international relations, Chinese culture, literature and history, Chinese sociology (gender, middle class, nationalism, home ownership, dating) and Chinese opposition and activism. The Handbook also looks at widening the scope of Chinese Studies (Chinese psychology, postcolonialism and China, Chinese science and climate change), and some illustrations of innovative Chinese Studies research methods.

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies is an essential reference for researchers and scholars in Chinese Studies, as well as students in the discipline.

chapter |6 pages


part I|104 pages

China's global interests and foreign policy

chapter 1|15 pages

Great chaos under heaven

Strategies and challenges for consolidating China's global hegemony in the 21st century

chapter 2|17 pages

Normative economic statecraft

China's quest to shape the world in its image

chapter 3|15 pages

The CCP's united front work department

Roles and influence at home and abroad

chapter 5|14 pages

The Chinese model of development

Substances and applications in and beyond China

chapter 6|15 pages

China's Central Asia policy

Beijing's doctrines of active defense, Belt and Road, and peaceful coexistence

part II|108 pages

China's political system and governance

chapter 8|14 pages

Dynamic dictators

Elite cohesion and authoritarian resilience in China

chapter 10|17 pages

Managing public opinion in crisis

Weibo and the Wenzhou high-speed rail crash of 2011

chapter 13|14 pages

Population ageing and social policies in China

Challenges and opportunities

part III|114 pages

Chinese culture and history

chapter 15|13 pages

Martial legacies

Strategic culture, ethnic conflict, and the military in modern Chinese history

chapter 16|16 pages

History of international law and China

Eurocentrism, multinormativity, and the politics of history

chapter 17|10 pages

Marx in China

chapter 18|14 pages

Chinese correlative cosmology

A Chinese view of the world?

chapter 21|16 pages

The advocacy of cultural change through translation

The rhetoric of Chinese sutra translators

part IV|130 pages

Chinese people and society

chapter 23|13 pages

Embracing the middle class

Wealth, power, and social status

chapter 26|13 pages

Populism in China

chapter 30|15 pages

Dating and mate selection in contemporary China

Examining the role of gender and family

chapter 31|16 pages

Reconstruction of gender and youth identities

A study of online gaming communities in Shanghai

part V|86 pages

Oppression and opposition

part VI|106 pages

Chinese studies: Scope and methodology

chapter 38|14 pages

Chinese studies in Brazil

History and current perspectives

chapter 40|14 pages

Science in China

Key problems, topics, and methodologies

chapter 41|15 pages

Transnational knowledge transfer

The adaptation of German psychiatric concepts during the academic evolution of modern psychiatry in China

chapter 42|14 pages

The effects of climate change in China

Transformation of lives through cultural heritage

chapter 43|16 pages

Reading between the lines

How frame analysis reveals changes in policy priorities

chapter 44|17 pages

Chinese media discourse analysis

A case study of the discursive strategies in the editorials in Global Times