Power and Justice

Disputes Resolution in a North China Village

  • Xudong Zhao

Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 283-292

About this book


This book discusses the relationship, interaction and conflict between everyday life and various institutions in a specific village in North China, with a focus on the formal and informal legal systems. It vividly describes the village’s “legal construction problems” as well as the customs and laws, and such it can be seen as a historical and innovative comment on China’s problems.
The book is based on the author’s field investigations assessing vast amounts of material concerning local organizations, formal and informal authorities, economic exchange, religious rituals, as well as interviews with villagers and numerous court files. It presents an in-depth exploration of “pluralism of authority” in China’s rural society, and examines how various authorities were formed. It also summarizes how various local disputes are resolved and discusses the villagers’ understanding of the concept of “justice.” Lastly, it suggests ways in which national law and local customs could communicate and collaborate.


Justice in Harmony Justice Harmony Authority Pluralism Dispute Resolution China's Rural Society Village Fieldwork Power Structure Transition Li Village Custom and Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Xudong Zhao
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  1. 1.Renmin University of China BeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-53832-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-53834-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1853
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1861
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