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NCJ Number: 120034 Find in a Library
Title: Social Control in the People's Republic of China
Editor(s): R J Troyer; J P Clark; D G Rojek
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-93176-5
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These 16 papers examine the informal and formal methods of social control currently used in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and their historical and philosophical foundations and changes over time.
Abstract: The analyses are based on the authors' readings, interviews, and observations during their five visits to PRC between 1982 and 1987. Individual papers provide a history of China and describe the role of the family in social control, Chinese social organization, and the role of popular justice. Other papers explain Chinese thinking about crime and social control, informal conflict resolution through the extensive use of mediation committees, the recent campaign to educate the public about Chinese laws, the factors related to the rise in juvenile delinquency, and the influence of ideological and humanistic elements in Chinese psychiatry. Further papers examine the formal structures and institutions of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on the unique aspects of the police, courts, and corrections in PRC. Concluding analyses summarize the problems involved in analyzing Chinese society, major contrasts between Chinese approaches and assumptions and those of Western cultures, and issues central to the future of social control in PRC. Chapter notes, index, and 227 references.
Main Term(s): Social control
Index Term(s): China; Cultural influences; Foreign crime statistics; Foreign criminal justice systems; Social change
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