Creative Spaces

Seeking the Dynamics of Change in China

Edited by Denise Gimpel, Bent Nielsen and Paul Bailey

254 pp., illustrated,
NIAS Studies in Asian Topics # 51
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2012, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 097 3, £50.00
Paperback - 2012, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 098 0, £18.99


  • Explores new ways to understand the dynamics of change and mobility in ideas, people, organisations and cultural paradigms.
  • Uses case studies of change in China past and present but offers global (and not just Chinese) insights.
  • Questions all-embracing theories of globalization.


China is in flux but - as argued by the contributors to this volume - change is neither new to China nor is it unique to that country; similar patterns are found in other times and in other places. Indeed, on the basis of concrete case studies (ranging from Confucius to the Vagina Monologues, from Protestant missionaries to the Chinese avant-garde) and drawing on theoretical insights from different disciplines, the contributors assert that change may be planned but the outcome can never be predicted with any confidence. Rather, there exist creative spaces within which people, ideas and systems interact with uncertain outcomes.

As such, by identifying a more sophisticated approach to the complex issues of change, cultural encounters and so-called globalization, this volume not only offers new insights to scholars of other geo-cultural regions; it also throws light on the workings of our ‘global’ and ‘transnational’ lives today, in the past and in the future.

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