Laojiao abolished, arbitrariness retained: stability maintenance in an academic debate in the PRC

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    Abstract

    The question addressed in this paper is how stability maintenance is conceptualized by the scholars debating the abolition of the laojiao system and if and how this conceptualization differs from Western theoretical approaches on social and political stability. I argue that the main elements of the conceptualization in the debate are arbitrariness, threat, (legal) uncertainty and unpredictability, elements which are put into practice by systems like the laojiao system and which differ substantially from Western conceptions of stability maintenance. By comparing and contrasting these Western and Chinese lines of thought on maintaining stability, I also aim to contribute to the general discussion in the social sciences on effective means of maintaining social and political stability. Given the fact that Western theory often claims to be universally deployable, it is remarkable that China has been able to maintain stability up to now without considering the core factors of Western theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-114
    Number of pages24
    JournalChinese History and Society/Berliner China-Hefte
    Volume45
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Re-Education
    • China
    • Stability

    Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

    • Manchester China Institute

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