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With regards to terminology, "sociology in China" needs to be distinguished from "sociology of China" and "Chinese sociology". "Sociology of China" refers to sociological approaches (linked to Max Weber, Marcel Granet, Maurice Freedman, Wolfram Eberhard, and others) of Western research on China, which analyze Chinese society with the aid of sociological theories and methods. The sociology that is institutionally embedded in China is called "sociology in China". Finally, "Chinese sociology" refers to approaches that have the goal to make sociology more Chinese (shehuixue de zh…

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Gransow, Bettina, “Sociology”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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