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Contemporary China Research Cluster Public Lecture: Between Hierarchy and Patriarchy: The Duality of Chinese Bureaucracy in History

25 October 2022 at 6:30:00 am

This is an event co-organized by the “Delta on the Move: The Becoming of the Greater Bay Region, 1700 – 2000” “Science, Technology, and Medicine in Asian Societies” Research Clusters, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences; Contemporary China Research Cluster, Faculty of Social Sciences; and Department of Sociology.

From the perspective of comparative institutional analysis, Professor Zhou examines historical origins of Chinese bureaucracy and state building in China.  He argues that Chinese bureaucracy took shape under the confluence of the dual forces of (1) the power of the absolute state and (2) the differential mode of association in Confucian culture.  As a result, the institutions of Chinese bureaucracy in history were characterized by the duality of hierarchy and patriarchy.  This historical legacy has exerted a strong influence on the remaking of Chinese bureaucracy and state building in contemporary China.

Date:  Tuesday October 25, 2022

Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm (HKT)

Venue: Lecture Hall, May Hall, HKU

Registration: (Please register on or before 4pm of October 24, 2022.)

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