The Chinese Society

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  • Programme
  • New book titles
  • Notes
  • Special promotion
  • Chinese social sciences go aboard

This book launch seminar initially called 'Academic Symposium on Contemporary China', has been renamed 'Academic Activities on Global Economic Imbalances and China's Economic Development', with a focus on China in comparison with other global economies. Below are details of the event and list of launched books:

Time: 16:00 - 16:50
Venue: Piccadilly Room
Chair: Xie Shouguang, President of the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP)  

  • Mr Wu Shulin, vice Minister of the General Administration of Press and Publication of China (GAPP)
  • Professor Li Yang, vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)


  • Prof Li Yang, vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Prof Li Peilin, Director of the Institute of Sociology, CASS
  • Prof Zhang Yuyan, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, CASS
  • Prof Gao Peiyong, Director of the Institute of Finance and Trade Economics, CASS

Organiser: Social Science Academic Press (SSAP) 
Co-organizers: Paths International;
                             China in Comparative Perspective Network, LSE
Language: Chinese & English with interpretation 


16:00-16:02 Opening, by the chair
16:02-16:08 Greeting, by Wu Shulin, vice-Minister, General Administration of Press and Publication of China 
16:08-16:10 New book release
16:10-16:30 ‘Global Economic Imbalances and China's Economic Development, by Li Yang, vice President of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,
16:30-16:50 Panel discussion: Li Yang, Li Peilin, Zhang Yuyan, Gao Peiyong 

New book titles

  1. Annual Report on China's Financial Development, editor Li Yang, Wang Guogang, eds., co-published by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and the Paths International Cooperation Publishing
  2. BRICS and the Global Transformation, Li Yang ed., co-published by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and the Paths International
  3. The Chinese Society: Change and Transformation , LI Peilin, ed., co-published by the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP) and Routledge.
  4. Chinese Perspective on Society, Li Peilin ed., co-published by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and Brill
  5. China's Climate Change Policies, Wang Weiguang, Guoguang Zheng,Pan Jiahua eds., co-published by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and the Earth Scan
  6. Budgeting the Carbon published for Equity and the Sustainability, Pan Jiahua ed., co-published by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and the Paths International
  7. Annual Report on International Politics and Security, Li Shenming, Zhang Yuyan. eds., co-published by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and the Paths International


1. Paths International promoted the collabration with the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP) and donated 30 books to the participants. They are 10 copies of each as follows (the rest of books are in print):

2. CCPN co-organised thisevent. Dr Xiangqun Chang acted as the chair at this seminar due to Mr Xie Shouguang's failure in obtaining a visa in time.

3. Xie Shouguang's latest views on 'Chinese social sceince go globlal'. On the 13th April 2012, Xinhua Net published an interview with Xie Shouguang, the President of Social Science Academic Press, in the 2012 London Book Fair together with Xie’s inscription: ‘Carefully crafted international academic disseminating platform, to promote contemporary Chinese academic work to go to the world'.  

Click HERE to download PPT of this event
Click HERE to download Mr Wu Shulin's speech
Click HERE to download
Click HERE to go to CCPN's LBF events 
Click HERE to go to the official page (very limited info)

Links for related info:

Special promotion

The Chinese Society: Change and Transformation , launched at the 2012 London Book Fair, co-published by the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP) and Routledge. It was originally published in Chinese as China Society ((《中国社会》, ed. Li Peilin,  published by China Social Science Press in 2011.  The authors are a group of the best Chinese sociologists, nearly half of the contributors are CCPN's Academic Advisory Committee members, e.g., Li Peilin, Li Qiang, Zhou Xiaohong and Guan Xinping.

This page promotes the new book which focuses on Chinese society, together with other related books, because the better understanding of them is helpful for doing comparative studies of other countries and regions.  Below is the info about the book:  

The Chinese Society: Change and Transformation
Edited by:
LI Peilin
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Routledge (November 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415502470
ISBN-13: 978-0415502474 

Editor of this book

Li Peilin is Professor and Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Editor-in-chief of Sociological Studies; President of the Chinese Sociological Association (CSA). He has published more than two dozen books and edited volumes, including some in foreign languages, e.g.  co-author with Laurence Roulleau-Berger, European and Chinese Sociologies: A New Dialogue, Brill (2011),  one of co-editors of the La nouvelle sociologie chinoise (New Chinese Sociology), Paris, CNRS Editions (2008); and one of the editors of Social Change in the Age of Globalization, Brill (2006), one of co-editors of The China Society Yearbook, Volume 1-5 (2006-11), Brill. See official website:

Book Description

There is growing interest in social transformation in contemporary China, with much work published on the subject. This book is different from other books in that it presents an overview of the work of Chinese sociologists on how Chinese society is changing. It reports on a great deal of original research by leading, outstanding Chinese scholars, including extensive fieldwork and large-scale social change survey data, and covers comprehensively the full range of aspects of the subject. It assesses developments since the beginning of reform in China, and provides, overall, a comprehensive understanding of China’s social development and of the likely impact of future social changes on China.


Introduction (Li Peilin)
1. Chinese Society and China Experiences (Li Peilin)
2. Marriage and Family (Yang Shanhua)
3. Lineage and Family (Zhang Xiaojun)
4. Ethnicities and Ethnic Relations (Hao Shiyuan)
5. Social Mentality and Contemporary Changes (Zhou Xiaohong)
6. Demographic Transition and Economic and Social Development (Cai Fang)
7. The Political System and Reform in China (Yang Dali)
8. Urbanization and Urban-Rural Relations (Cai He)
9. Social Stratification and Institutional Change (Li Qiang)
10. Migrant Workers and Social Mobility (Li Chunling)
11. Anti-Poverty and Social Policies (Guan Xinping)

Click HERE to look at more titles by the Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) 

Chinese social sciences go aboard

The ‘China goes abroad' phenomena started from the late 1970s along with the implementing of an open door policy. As a strategic policy China's 'Go Out Policy' or China Going Global Strategy was initiated in 1999 by the Chinese government to promote Chinese investments abroad.  Over the last decade the global investment from China has expanded in all fields. In particular, in 2006 the national 'Eleventh Five-Year Plan' put forward the 'Chinese culture going out strategy'. 'Chinese social sciences go aboard' is one of the recent trends.

In 2007 the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP) signed an agreement with Brill for publishing a series of Chinese social scientific yearbooks. SSAP has published more than 100 yearbooks on different topics since. The cooperation with Brill will publish English versions of some series of yearbooks. This represents an important step of Chinese Social Sciences going global. organised an interview between Mr Pabbruwe, the President of Brill, Netherlands and Mr Xie Shouguang, the President of the CCAP. So far the English versions of yearbook series have been published by Brill as follows: The China Environment Yearbook (Vol 1-5); The China Society Yearbook (Vol 1-5); The China Economy Yearbook (Vol 1-5); The China Legal Development Yearbook (vol 1-5);  The China Educational Development Yearbook (Vol 1-3); The China Population and Labor Yearbook (Vol 1-3). Click HERE to read the full text of the interview. In addition, the SSAP also has collaborations with Routledge, Earth Scan, and the Paths International. See a list of new books, co-published with the above mentioned companies, to be launched at the 2012 London Book Fair, at the bottom of this page. 

Another example of Chinese social science go global came from Shanghai. Fudan-IAS carried out a project for publishing a Series on Developing China from 2009, edited by Deng Zhenglai (one of CCPN's Academic Advisory Committee members), published by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. They are collections of the best Chinese social scientists' work on different topics: e.g. China’s Economy: Rural and Agricultural DevelopmentState and Civil Society: The Chinese Perspective; and Globalization and Localization: The Chinese Perspective . Professor Deng Zhenglai is Dean of the Fudan-IAS, as well as the CCPN's Academic Advisory Committee member. CCPN has specifically introduced LSE and IAS inside and outside China.

On the topic of studying Chinese society, there is a volume called Understanding Chinese Society, published by Routledge in Oct 2011, edted by Xiaowei Zang, Dean of School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, UK; he is also a CCPN Academic Advisory Committee member. It was written by a team of contributors from the UK, China, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong,  for anyone who is studying or interested in Chinese Society, Chinese Studies and Asian sociology.

Based on LSE’s motto ‘to understand the causes of things’ for the betterment of society CCPN held an international conference entitled ‘Understanding China and Engaging with Chinese People’ to commemorate the 100th birth of Professor Fei Xiaotong. The conference proceedings are becoming essay collections due to many scholars having made contributions, but who were unable to attend the conference. We also invited some related contributions. The contributors came from China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA and Canada. The volume Understanding China and Engaging with Chinese People, --- The 100th Anniversary of the birth of Professor Fei Xiaotong is edited by Stephan Feuchtwang, Xiangqun Chang, Kent Deng, Daming Zhou. Its Chinese  version with simplified characters will be published by the Social Science Press of China, the Chinese version with traditional characters and English version will be published by Airiti Press in 2012.

Compared with the above essay collections there was a single authored monograph with an in-depth empirical study and theoretical analysis available in both English and Chinese in 2008: Guanxi or Li shang wanglai ? --- Reciprocity, Social Support Networks, & Social Creativity in a Chinese Village, by Xiangqun Chang. When Liaoning People's Publishing House approached Li Qiang, one of the above authors of The Chinese Society, for publishing it in both Chinese and English versions, he wrote, 'the publication of Guanxi or Li shang wanglai? in both Chinese and English versions, during the period of deepening reform of the Chinese cultural system, marks the transition of "Made in China" from material to cultural, specifically as regards forthcoming developments in social science.' However, the publication of the English version of Guanxi or Li shang wanglai failed a censorship check and therefore only its Chinese version has been published in 2009. Both the English and Chinese versions (in traditional characters) were therefore published in Taiwan in 2010.

Over the past few generations there has been a huge amount of work produced by Chinese social scientists who were trained in different disciplines either in China or in the West or both, e.g. Fei Xiaotong (a large amount of his late work has not yet been translated into English), the famous sociologist, anthropologist, social activist and senior Chinese political leader and LSE's Honorary Fellow; or Lin Yifu, who was Professor in Economics of Peking University, now the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank. In March 2012 the LSE Council approved Justin Yifu Lin, to be an Honorary Doctor of Science and (Economics). CCPN promotes their work because they can be seen as fine examples of Chinese scholars' work. It is hoped that, based on their work, together with other Chinese social scientific work on China, to forge general analytic concepts and make methodological contributions to human knowledge.

However, due to language barriers the majority of Chinese academic work of merit has not been well appreciated by the Western social sciences. In 2010 the National Social Science Fund for Translating China’s Academic Work to Go Abroad was established. The programme is for translating Chinese philosophical and social scientific outstanding academic work into foreign languages in order to be published by authoritative publishers outside China and enter mainstream communication channels globally. The purpose of doing this is to promote understanding of contemporary China and traditional Chinese culture, engage academic exchanges and dialogue with non-Chinese scholars, and enhance the international influence of Chinese philosophy and social sciences.

There are similarities as well as differences in ways of thinking and working on social scientific topics between Chinese and non-Chinese scholars. Some of the  differences can be demonstrated in CCPN's banner. Methodologically, it would be interesting to explore further this point. 

On the 13th April 2012, Xinhua Net published an interview with Xie Shouguang, the President of Social Science Academic Press, in the 2012 London Book Fair together with Xie’s inscription: ‘Carefully crafted international academic disseminating platform, to promote contemporary Chinese academic work to go to the world'. See details HERE.  

Related books

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 中国社会: 变迁与转型

由中国社科院中国社科文献出版社举办的伦敦书展的学术活动,“当代中国学术研讨会”, 于开展前更名为“全球经济失衡与中国经济发展的学术活动”, 以凸显出其将中国与全球经济的比较视野。发布会的内容和书名如下:



时间: 16:00 - 16:50
地点: 伯爵宫Piccadilly Room
主持人: 中国社科文献出版社社长谢寿光
演讲者: 中国社科院李扬副院长李扬
小组讨论成员(问答环节): 李扬、张宇燕、李培林、高培勇
主办单位: 中国社科文献出版社(SSAP)

  • Paths International(PI)
  • 英国伦敦经济学院中国比较研究网(CCPN)


16:00-16:02 主持人发言
16:02-16:08 领导致辞: 新闻出版总署副署长邬书林
16:08-16:10 合作图书发布
16:10-16:30 学术报告: 中国社科院李扬副院长做题为全球经济失衡与中国经济发展
16:30-16:50 问答环节: 关于全球经济失衡与中国发展情况

  • 中国社会科学院副院长李扬
  • 中国社会科学院社会学所所长李培林
  • 中国社会科学院世界经济与政治研究所所长张宇燕
  • 中国社会科学院财政与贸易经济研究所所长高培勇

语言: 中英交传

  1. 《中国金融发展报告》(Annual Report on China's Financial Development ), 李扬、王国刚主编, 社会科学文献出版社与Paths International合作出版
  2. 《金砖国家与经济转型》(BRICS and the Global Transformation), 李扬主编, 社会科学文献出版社与Paths International合作出版
  3. 《中国社会》(The Chinese Society: Change and Transformation), 李培林主编, 社会科学文献出版社与Routledge合作出版
  4. 《中国人视野下的中国社会》(Chinese Perspective on Society) , 李培林主编, 社会科学文献出版社与Brill合作出版
  5. 《应对气候变化报告》(China's Climate Change Policies) 主编王伟光、郑国光、潘家华, 社会科学文献出版社与Earth Scan合作出版
  6. 《碳预算》(Budgeting Carbon for Equity and Sustainability), 潘家华主编, 社会科学文献出版社与Paths International 合作出版
  7. 《全球政治与安全》(Annual Report on International Politics and Security), 李慎明、张宇燕主编, 社会科学文献出版社与Paths International 合作出版


     1. 由于上述其他新书尚在付印之中,由社会科学文献出版社与Paths International合作出版的下述三种书(各10册)赠给了与会的专家学者:

     2. 中国比较研究网(CCPN)宣传、邀请相关的专家学者参与并组织了新书发布活动

     3. 谢寿光社长因没能及时拿到签证,发布会由CCPN常向群博士主持




这里专门介绍于2012年在伦敦书展期间发布的《中国社会》的英文版,The Chinese Society: Change and Transformation| 。 此英文版是社会科学文献出版社与Taylor Francis旗下的Routledge合作出版的。此书是译自由李培林主编的、现代社会学文库的《中国社会(China Society)》一书,由中国社科文献出版社(2011年07月)出版 。该书堪称是中国社会科学走出去新的一波的代表作之一。其作者大都是中国最优秀 的社会学家,其中近一半是CCPN学术顾问(CCPN's Academic Advisory Committee members|), 如:李培林、李强、周晓虹和关信平。

在此网页中,我们推荐这本对中国社会的变迁和转型的研究著作,目的在于更好地理解中国社会,它将有助于对中国与其他国家和地区做比较研究。   以下为该书的信息:

The Chinese Society: Change and Transformation
Edited by:
 LI Peilin
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: SSAP & Routledge (November 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415502470
ISBN-13: 978-0415502474  


李培林教授是中国社会科学学院社会学研究所所长,《社会学研究》主辑,中国社会学协会(CSA)会长。在其近20本著述(包括合著及合编的)中,含有几本外语出版的文集,例如,与罗兰合编《中欧社会学: 一个新的对话》[|英] (2011年版); 《中国新社会学》[法](2008年); 《全球化时代的社会变迁》[|英](2006), 《中国社会年鉴》(|1-5, 2006年以来每年一本)等。其它内容参见其官方网站:|


随 着对当代中国社会转型的兴趣日益增长,已经出版了一些著作。此书的不同之处在于,它提供了一个由中国社会学者对中国社会如何变化的概况。它是基于优秀的中 国学者的大量的实地考察、大规模的社会变迁调查数据、大量原始研究的报告,全方位涵盖了研究对象。它评估了在中国开始改革以来事态的发展,并提供了全面的 了解中国社会的发展以及对中国未来社会的变化可能的影响。


前言 (李培林)
1. 中国社会与中国的经验 (李培林)
2. 家庭与婚姻 (杨善华)
3. 宗族与家庭  (张晓军)
4. 种族与民族关系 (郝时远)
5. 社会心态与当代变迁 (周晓虹)
6. 人口转变与经济社会发展 (蔡昉)
7. 中国的政治制度和改革 (杨大力)
8. 城市化和城乡关系 (蔡禾)
9. 社会分层与制度变迁 (李强)
10. 农民工与社会流动 (李春玲)
11. 反贫困与社会政策 (关信平) 



‘走 出去‘的现象早在1970年代末期,伴随着改革开放政策的实施就开始了。’走出去‘作为中国的一项战略性政策始于1999年, 主要体现在政府鼓励企业家到海外投资。过去十余年来,’走出去‘已经从全球性的投资拓展到全方位出击。2006年,国家“十一五”规划正式提出“中国文化 走出去”战略。中国社会科学’走出去‘是近年来出现的新的时尚。

2007年中国社科文献出版社与荷兰Brill出版公司达成合作协议,出版 ‘中国皮书’。从1997年开始,社会科学文献出版社就开始精心打造“皮书”系列, 10年来出版了100余种,与Brill合作出版英文版皮书迈开了中国社会科学走向世界的重要一步。中国网曾邀请荷兰Brill公司总裁Pabbruwe 先生和中国社科文献出版社社长谢寿光先生作了一次访谈。点击这里|阅读全文。到目前为止由Brill出版的英文版皮书系列如下:  《中国环境》| ; 《中国社会》;|  《中国经济|》;  《中国法制|》;  《中国劳动力人口|》; 《中国教育》。| 此外,社科文献出版社还与Routledge, Earth Scan, Paths International等国外的出版公司有合作关系,这次2012年伦敦书展将会发布部分新书。

中国社会科学走出去的另一个例子来自上海。复旦大学高研院于2009年起由邓正来主编的‘中国发展丛书,已经由World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd 出版了三集:《中国经济:农村和农业发展》|; 《国家与公民社会会:中国的视野||; 和 《全球化与地方化:中国的视野》|。它们汇集了中国最优秀的社会科学家的相关主题的成果。复旦大学高研院院长邓正来是CCPN的学术顾问,CCPN网站对伦敦经济学院与国内外的高研院|有专们的介绍。

就 对中国社会的研究而言,一本名为《理解中国社会》的文集,于2011年10月由Routledge 出版。主编是英国谢菲尔德大学东亚学院院长藏小伟教授(他也是CCPN学术顾问),其作者来自英国、中国、澳大利亚、新加坡和香港,此书阅读对象为任何研 究或对中国社会、文化和亚洲社会感兴趣者。

基于伦敦经济学院的校训‘理解事物发生之缘由’以改善社会,CCPN于2010年举行了题为  ‘理解中国、与中国人沟通 ---- 纪念费孝通教授诞辰100周年’的国际会议|, 并将会议论文和会后征集的一些相关论文结集出版为《理解中国、与中国人沟通--—费孝通诞辰100周年文集》,作者来自中国,台湾,日本,德国,瑞士,英 国,美国和加拿大。 此书由王斯福、常向群、邓钢和周大鸣主编,中文简体字版将由社科文献出版社于2012年底出版,繁体字和英文版将由台湾华艺学术著作 出版社出版。

与上述的论文集相比,2008年国内出现了一套中英文的、由单一作者撰写的、以实证研究为基础并与理论分析相结合的深度社科研究书稿:《关系抑或礼尚往来?江村互惠、社会支持网和社会创造的研究》。| 辽宁人民出版社出版邀请了上述《中国社会》的作者之一李强给予鉴定,他在推荐信中写道,'自改革开放三十年国门打开以来,在深化文化体制改革的今天,常向 群的《礼尚往来》在中国的出版,标志着我们的"中国制造"从物质到文化,其是社会科学产品"走出去"时代的到来。' 原文是‘中英文版本在中国的出版...',由于国内编辑无法把握其英文的内容,最后于2009年仅出版了中文版,其英文版和中文繁体字版于2010年在台 湾华艺学术出版社出版。 

近百年来,中国几代社会科学工作者生产了大量的著述,他们分散在不同的学科里、其学术训练也各异,有的在中国、有 的在西方,或两者兼而有之,如费孝通(他晚年的大量理论性著作尚未被翻译成英文),不仅是著名的社会学家,人类学家,社会活动家和国家领导人,也是伦敦经 济学院的名誉院士。再如,原北京大学教授林毅夫,现为世界银行首席经济学家和高级副总裁,其中英文著述也很有代表性。在2012年3月,经CCPN推荐,伦敦经济学院董事会批准林毅夫为名誉博士|。CCPN上述努力的目的在于推介以他们为代表的中国社会科学家的学术理论、思想和方法,并以此为基础上与其他中国社科成果结合起来,最终提炼出中国社科的理论和方法论元素加入到人类知识体系中去。

由 于语言的障碍,大多数中国学者的学术著述很难得到西方社会科学家的赏识。2010年国家社科基金中华学术外译项目的设立,标志着中国社会科学走出去时代的 到来。该项目主要立足于学术层面,资助我国哲学社会科学研究优秀成果以外文形式在国外权威出版机构出版,进入国外主流发行传播渠道,以增进国外对当代中国 以及中国传统文化的了解,推动中外学术交流与对话,提高中国哲学社会科学的国际影响力。

新华网于2012年4月13日发表了对社科文献出版社社长谢寿光关于2012伦敦书展的访谈及其网题词:‘精心打造国际学术传播平台,让当代中国学术走向世界’|。 谢寿光认为,中国出版“走出去”需要出版人进行主动策划运作。最重要的是要确定一个理念,即我们要用全球通行的规则,融入到西方媒体在内的主流话语体系 中,共同探讨中国的事情。谢寿光指出, 本次伦敦书展是中国学术“走出去”的又一大举措。面对数字出版的挑战,谢寿光认为,在中国无论是纸质出版还是数字 出版都会有一个高速的增长期。谢寿光强调了专业出版的重要性,要想让中国的核心价值观和最先进的思想得到发展、传播,必须靠学术专业出版。提高整个出版业 从业者的素质,确保推出来的精神产品是精品。





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