Author’s note: The dialogue on Fei Xiaotong’s academic contributions between Gary Hamilton and Xiangqun Chang published in this issue, reminds me of my own experiences with some Chinese students on similar topics. I spent three years (2009–11) as a Visiting Professor at the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Sun Yat-sen University, China. I taught courses such as NGOs, Development and Anthropology, Social Scientific China Research, and so on, and engaged in discussions with students. In this comment I will address four points: Peasant Life in China and the relationship between researchers and researchees, Pragmatic approach or theoretical programme? Small-town research, Xiangtu Zhongguo and chaxugeju.
Bettina Gransow 柯兰君 is Professor of Chinese Politics at the East Asian Institute and the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science, Free University Berlin, Germany. She has published in German, English and Chinese since the 1980s, covering the topics such as migrants and health in China, migrant communities and social change in Chinese megacities, social assessment, risks of impoverishment; and involuntary resettlement in rural China.
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Comments on a dialogue about Fei Xiaotong’s academic contributions
Journal of China in Comparative Perspective
Vol.1 Issue 2. 2015, p116-122