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Social Structure
(3,216 words)

1. Methodological Questions

An analysis of the Chinese social structure is complicated by the fact that on the one hand profound breaks have been taken place over the course of historical development, yet on the other hand there are pronounced continuities which survived even these radical changes. In order to manage this problem, …

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Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, “Social Structure”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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