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This introductory chapter of the book talks about the history and theory of legal practice in China. In China's past, there were large differences between the "literati" and the peasants, men and women, and superior and inferior. In the present, there continues to be striking differences between the upper and lower classes, as well as between urban residents and rural peasants as status groups. In contrast to theoretical constructions, practice does not demand simple logical integration and consistency, but will more closely reflect the complex illogical relationships that exist in reality. Only if we begin with actual legal practice and construct theoretical concepts there from can we search out a path of legal development for China that is both realistic and prospective. The chapter also provides a brief overview of how other chapters in this book are organised.

Keywords: China; legal practice

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