Journal article

Social mobilization in a changing China: A critical review of the literature


Current Sociology | SAGE Publications | Published : 2018


Social mobilization has long been considered a major characteristic of Chinese life and, more recently, a key aspect of China’s state capacity. The existing literature on social mobilization in the country, however, is characterized by studies of pre-1978 China, many of which are scattered and fragmentary. This problem has not only resulted in misjudging the vital role of social mobilization as a process of change and an analytical construct, but has also overlooked the work of other researchers, especially those in China, studying a wide range of aspects of socio-economic and socio-political activities in present-day China. As a result, the research literature has not kept pace with the pro..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The first author received the Faculty Research Grant in 2016 from the Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne, and the second author's research visit to Australia in 2015 was sponsored by the China Scholarship Council.