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Civil Organizations’ Growth And Society’s Reconstruction

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In Chinese society, the greatest changes have happened in the last 30 years since 1978. In this period of time, a market economy has been introduced; society has a new systemic foundation; and the old society has started to fundamentally collapse. This requires social rebuilding; it requires, in this time of social cracking, building of a completely new society. China is witnessing a rise of the same forms that appeared in America in the 1950s: industry, agricultural and trade associations and all kinds of charity organizations. We need only point to the growth in the numbers of these three kinds of civil organizations in the last 20 years in China. This chapter discusses several recent events to get a glimpse of whether this completely new society is already beginning to form. It uses real events to illustrate the following conclusion: a new, NGO-based society is now forming.

Keywords: Chinese society; civil organizations; NGOs; rural society; society's rebuilding



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