Fare Thee Well, Chinese Civil Society?
With the arrest of yet another activist, the airing of yet another public confession, the closure of yet another NGO working for the weak and disenfranchised, and the passing of yet another repressive law, the world has come to view Chinese civil society as if it were on its deathbed. But maybe what is dying is just a dream of civil society with little basis in reality. While we mourn the death of an ideal, it is imperative that we overcome our sorrow to look at the momentous changes that are currently taking place in the realm of Chinese civil society. In this issue, we offer a series of perspectives on these developments.
Table of Contents
FocusConceptual Confusion in the Research on Chinese Civil Society | Taru Salmenkari
China’s Social Organisations after the Charity Law | Holly Snape and Karla W. Simon
The Rise of Foundations: Hope for Grassroots Civil Society in China? | Jessica C. Teets
Meet the State Security: Chinese Labour Activists and Their Controllers | Ivan Franceschini
Snapshots of China’s ‘Uncivil Society’ | Børge Bakken