Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies
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Contemporary Chinese Politics: Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies considers how new and diverse sources and methods are changing the study of Chinese politics. Contributors spanning three generations in China studies place their distinct qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in the framework of the discipline and point to challenges or opportunities (or both) of adapting new sources and methods to the study of contemporary China. How can we more effectively use new sources and methods of data collection? How can we better integrate the study of Chinese politics into the discipline of political science, to the betterment of both? How can we more appropriately manage the logistical and ethical problems of doing political research in the challenging Chinese environment? In addressing these questions, this comprehensive methodological survey will be of immense interest to graduate students heading into the field for the first time and experienced scholars looking to keep abreast of the state of the art in the study of Chinese politics.
for devoting years of his life and taking significant risks in combat for the state. Of course, from the early 1960s until the end of the Cultural Revolution, soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army were praised for precisely these qualities as well, as were the families that supplied them to the state. From this reconceptualization of patriotism we can extract several methodological prescriptions, particularly regarding the sources that might be used in research. Definitions of patriotism and
37 above. See http://www.tecn.cn/data/detail.php?id=2216. See footnote 37 above. 42 See http://www.tecn.cn/data/detail.php?id=364. See footnote 37 above. 43 See http://www.tecn.cn/data/detail.php?id=6810. See footnote 37 above. 44 Note that Chinese Military Online also maintains an expanding BB. See http://bbs.chinamil. com.cn/site1/gwgfsq. 45 For a more detailed report, see http://www2.qglt.com.cn/fuwu/dt/hm99/hm9905.html. 46 See http://bbs1.people.com.cn/. A widely held belief is
flows that are constantly at play. However, as so little is known within the China-watching community about this facet of the Chinese Internet, mapping out this territory represents a necessary first step in beginning to explore its potential value for the study of Chinese foreign policy. As noted above, such a space, especially when viewed as an inert form, does not contain as much new or groundbreaking data as one might expect. Thus, compared particularly to the access scholars and analysts
process of analyzing Chinese-language materials. Compared to human coding Computer Aided Text Analysis (CATA) These groups are called “categories” in Yoshikoder; individual keywords are called “patterns.” For useful suggestions on developing categories, see http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~inquirer/ developing_new_categories.htm, accessed January 26, 2008. 26 In Yoshikoder, first make a “concordance,” followed by a concordance report. 27 Since the number of matching synonyms for a concept of
commitment to party ideals has also waned considerably, further undermining a possible party resurgence. When I attended an enterprise-wide party meeting at Jupiter in 1998, it was clear that most of the members were uninspired by socialist pronouncements. Despite the exhortations of party officials and company executives to work hard for the development of the country, several young men present snickered and laughed (most of the women were quiet and more respectful) and even ridiculed some of