Sociology is subject to a process of internationalisation. The rapid development of China has provided the ‘China experience’ and shown the emergence of a new sociology. In this book a dialogue between European and Chinese sociologists is opening up new horizons for Western thought in a context of economic and cultural globalisation. The objective is to embark on a process of epistemological reconfiguration, deconstructing reality on the basis of dividing up the world. This book deals with some fundamental sociological issues: modernities and globalisation, class and society, state and … read moredemocracy, economic change and inequalities in Europe and in China. In the wake of the de-colonial critique of post-colonial studies, the aim of this book is to examine the question of the de-westernisation of knowledge in sociology.
Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Ph.D. (1982) and Habilitation (2001) in Sociology, University of Lyon, is Research Director at CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. She has published and edited many articles and books on urban and economic sociology, in the field of international migrations and recently about Chinese sociology, including Dewesternisation of Sociology: Europe in the Mirror of China (L’Aube, 2011).
Li Peilin, Ph.D. (1987), University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), is Professor and Director of the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also serves as the President of the Chinese Sociological Association and is Chief-editor of Sociological Studies (China). He has published and edited many articles and books in the field of social development, migration and social policy, including China’s New Stage of Development (China: An International Journal, 2011).