Taru Salmenkari, Civil Society in China and Taiwan: agency, class and boundaries
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The title of Taru Salmenkari’s most recent book and the research within further highlight the unique crossroads the discipline of Chinese political science is currently at; the scientific and universal versus the unique and local . For Zhang, Salmenkari’s approach would be considered “Western theories as core, indigenous theories as periphery” . Although Salmenkari’s title and conceptual work largely borrow from Western theory, the book illustrates the deficiencies inherent in applying western-embedded political theories to the Chinese context and helps illuminate the normativity “universal theories” often downplay or ignore altogether. Salmenkari successfully carves out more theoretical space for discussion of a Chinese civil society beyond some of the restrictive conceptualizations that dominate the discourse while contributing empirical data that may be used to construct a more robust normative framework for Chinese political society from the bottom up, which incorporates...
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