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Encountering Chinese officials: bureaucratism, politics and power struggle

Tu, Jiong (2014) Encountering Chinese officials: bureaucratism, politics and power struggle. Field Research Method Lab Blog (21 Oct 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Encountering officials is inevitable in many research projects in China. The encounter itself shows a snapshot of how local officialdom works. Being rejected by the officials, being unable to find the officials during office hours, being passing like a ball from one office to another, and being scolded or humiliated were normal occurrences for ordinary people in dealing with local officials. ‘In a meeting’ was a frequently named excuse by officials to avoid unwelcome visits. Encountering Chinese officials thus put challenge on researchers to get needed information, to interpret meanings behind words, and to explore complex relationships behind certain phenomenon. But the encounter itself constitutes a significant part of the research ‘field’. This post proposes carefully reflecting the laborious process of encountering government bureaus and officials to deepen our understanding of the local social world, writes Jiong Tu.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/fieldresearch/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Collections > Field Research Method Lab Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 08:15
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 00:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80651

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