Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 11 Number 1 (May 2023)

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Special Issue_Development of Peace Studies in the Asian Context: Trajectories and Complexity in the Post-Cold War

In Search of Peace Studies in China: The Rise of Rights Movements, Conflict Resolution, and Prospects of Peace Studies

Yousun Chung pp. 75-93 doi: 10.18588/202305.00a344
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Peace studies in China has had meaningful initial developments, but the sustainability of the field’s development has been constrained by an authoritarian political atmosphere. Rights and justice are core issues in peace studies, but these remain unaddressed in China. Thus, this article highlights studies on rights movements as de facto peace studies in an authoritarian setting and compares the movement among the middle class and that of peasants/workers, which can help us understand current contradictions and disharmony in Chinese society. Maintaining the stability of a turbulent society is becoming a crucial agenda for the Chinese state. Accordingly, studies on rights movements will become increasingly important.

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