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Republican BeijingThe City and Its Histories$
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Madeleine YueDong and Reginald E. Zelnik

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230507.001.0001

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Sociology: Examining Urban Ills

Sociology: Examining Urban Ills

(p.210) (p.211) Chapter 7 Sociology: Examining Urban Ills
Republican Beijing

Madeleine Yue Dong

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on a sociological analysis of the urban ills of Republican Beijing. It describes some of the serious problems facing Republican Beijing–including poverty, prostitution, and crime–and suggests that the sociological studies of Republican Beijing were just products of a specific knowledge system. The chapter explains that when sociologists were confronted with the reality of life in Beijing, the discrepancies between their disciplinary framework and its explanatory power were exposed.

Keywords:   urban ills, Republican Beijing, sociological studies, poverty, crime, prostitution

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