China continues to transform apace, flowing from the forces of deregulation, privatization and globalization unleashed by economic reforms which began in late 1978. The dramatic scope of economic change in China is often counterposed to the apparent lack of political change as demonstrated by continued Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule. However, the ongoing dominance of the CCP belies the fact that much has also changed in relation to practices of government, including how authorities and citizens interact in the management of daily life.

New Mentalities of Government in China examines how the privatization and professionalization of ‘public’ service provision is transforming the nature of government and everyday life in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The book addresses key theoretical questions on the nature of government in China and documents the emergence of a range of ‘new mentalities of government’ in China. Its chapters focus on areas such as clinical trials, conceptualizing government, consumer activity, elite philanthropy, lifestyle and beauty advice, public health, social work, volunteering; and urban and rural planning.

Offering a topical examination of shifting modes of governance in contemporary China, this book will appeal to scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, politics and sociology.

chapter 1|15 pages

New mentalities of government in China

An introduction
ByDavid Bray, Elaine Jeffreys

chapter 2|14 pages

Governmentality studies and China

Towards a ‘Chinese' governmentality
ByMichael Dutton, Barry Hindess

chapter 3|26 pages

Governing through Lei Feng

A Mao-era role model in reform-era China
ByElaine Jeffreys, Su Xuezhong

chapter 4|18 pages

Governmentality and the urban economy

Consumption, excess, and the ‘civilized city' in China
ByCarolyn Cartier

chapter 5|23 pages

Rethinking and remaking China's built environments

Spatial planning and the reinscription of everyday life
ByDavid Bray

chapter 6|21 pages

From socialism to social work

Social workers, professionalism, and community governance in contemporary urban China
ByGary Sigley

chapter 7|23 pages

Elite philanthropy in China and America

The disciplining and self-discipline of wealth
ByElaine Jeffreys

chapter 8|18 pages

Serving and providing for those ‘in need'

‘Intermediary' spaces and practices of liaising, collaborating, and mobilizing in urban China
ByLisa Hoffman

chapter 9|23 pages

Experimental postsocialism

The Chinese hospital as export zone and knowledge park
ByMelinda Cooper

chapter 10|22 pages

The biopolitics of China's HIV governance

ByHaiqing Yu

chapter 11|19 pages

‘Model consumers'

Beauty bloggers, everyday experts, and governmentality in urban China
ByT.E. Woronov