Abstract: The economic success of China in the past nearly four decades represents for some the biggest challenge yet to Weber’s account of its culture, to his theory of capitalism and to the methods he employed in arriving at his account. But it also brings into question the self-image of the West and the idea of modernity. Thus the Preface of this issue is Wolfgang Schluchter’s keynote speech at the international conference entitled ‘Max Weber and China: Culture, Law and Capitalism’.
Xiangqun Chang 常向群 is Director of Global China Institute and CCPN Global, Editor of Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), Chief Editor of Global China Press, and Senior Consultant of Global China Unit. She is also Honorary Professor of UCL (University College London), UK; and holder of several Professorships and Senior Fellowships at Peking, Renmin, Fudan and Sun Yat-Sen Universities in China. Her publications in English and Chinese amount to two million words include Guanxi or Li shang wanglai?: Reciprocity, Social Support Networks, and Social Creativity in a Chinese Village (2009 in Chinese; 2010 in English). See: www.gci-uk.org/x.chang
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Journal of China in Comparative Perspective
Vol.2 Issue 1. 2016, p11-13