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A Preliminary analysis of the methodology of some textbooks on Chinese politics

KIM,YOUNG-JIN 1

1국민대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper tries to examine the recent trends of research and methodology of Chinese studies in english-speaking nations and to address the identity question of Chinese studies in Korea. For that purpose, it analyses above all some textbooks on the Chinese political system written in English. For the analysis of the text books, three areas are to be examined. The first area is the question of descriptive system and methodology, in other words, on what kinds of theories the textbooks are based? The second area is the object of the research. What kinds of themes are included in the studies of Chinese politics? The third area is the question of normative assessment of the researchers about Chinese politics. In other words, to what extent are the studies value-neutral? The preliminary results of this study are as follows. Most of the textbooks adopt formally the approach of sinology, not that of Chinese studies. In other words, they seem to be focusing on the uniqueness of the Chinese context. A more critical examination on the text books, however, shows that the uniqueness is not seriously taken into consideration by them, but that it is highlighted just against the process of the modernization in the sense of westernization.

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