Book Chapter

Opportunities and Challenges for Legislative and Institutional Reform of Detention in China

E Nesossi, Sarah Biddulph, F Sapio, S Trevaskes

Legal Reforms and Deprivation of Liberty in Contemporary China | Routledge | Published : 2016

Abstract

Throughout this volume, we have used the word ‘reform’ to refer to the changes to legislation governing deprivation of liberty in contemporary China, as well as to the institutions responsible for enforcing such legislation. As many other words do, ‘reform’ carries two distinct connotations, which depend on the ideological and cultural context of the speaker. For most western scholars who are active in the field of China studies, the word ‘reform’ conjures up the idea of a teleological march from Marxism to liberal modernity. This connotation is absent from the word ‘gaige’, the Chinese original for ‘reform’ which lacks such a directional element. Because of this, ‘reform’ is a term all thos..

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