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Title: The China Quarterly's Creation of Communal Identity-Lessons for Defining the China Studies Field
Authors: Marble, Andrew D.
Keywords: state of the field;academic journal;journal editing;The China Quarterly;China studies field;community building
Date: 2003-03
Issue Date: 2016-10-14 16:28:25 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This article seeks to highlight the methods by which The China Quarterly (CQ)-the founding journal of the modern China studies field-has helped create a larger communal identity among researchers interested in China. The argument is that CQ has used a variety of tools at its disposal-including choices regarding articles, book reviews, research notes, obituaries, cover design, editorial staff advisory board, editorial notes, advertisements, and extra-journal activities and publications. (1) to create an editor-readership connection that creates a more intimate ”community of like-minded scholars”; (2) to maintain an informal yet quite public ”China studies field membership list”; (3) to act as community newsletter noting events, institutes, and publications of interest to the field; (4) to present a ”living textual history” of the development of the field; and (5) to define or debate the topics, methodologies, and broad research directions that constitute China studies research. These five functions have allowed CQ to shape a communal identity among China watchers that extends far beyond the journal itself The article closes by drawing implications for attempts to define the China studies field today.
Relation: Issues & Studies,38(4)&39(1),289-319
Data Type: article
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