Understanding Peasant China (Paperback)

Case Studies in the Philosophy of Social Science

By Daniel Little

Yale University Press, 9780300054774, 333pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 1992

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In this innovative book, Daniel Little compares the positions of various social scientists regarding debates in China studies. Little focuses on four topics: the relative importance of individual rationality and community values in explaining traditional peasant behavior; the role of marketing and transportation systems in Chinese society; the causes of agricultural stagnation in traditional China; and the reasons for peasant rebellions in Qing China. He not only makes a constructive contribution to these controversies but also provides examples of the diversity of social science research.