International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Understanding “Public Sphere” and “Civil Society” in the Chinese Context
Fang Zhou

Why didn’t China develop a “public sphere” and “civil society” similar to that of Western Europe? Using a China-centric approach that interpreted China’s historical development from China’s unique perspective, “public sphere” and “civil society” have two different meanings, and should be analyzed, interpreted and understood in a Sinocentric viewpoint to accurately critique Chinese history and society accurately.

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