Speaking to Theory and Speaking to the China Field
Issues & Studies, Vol. 54, No. 4, December 2018, pp. 1-11
17 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2018 Last revised: 10 Feb 2019
Date Written: August 13, 2018
Bringing knowledge about China to the disciplines has reduced the outsized role that research on Europe and America has on many topics. But mainstreaming China studies also leads to certain tradeoffs. How should we manage these tradeoffs and produce research that is both true to China and contributes to the social sciences? In the last 40 years, China scholars have developed many strategies to navigate the territory between area studies and the social sciences. I myself have vacillated about how China studies and political science should interact and inform each other. How are scholars addressing this issue now, in an era of mixed methods, sophisticated quantitative research, experiments and “big data?”.
Keywords: Area Studies, China Studies, Social Sciences, State of the Field
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