Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Society (review)

Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Society (review) Reviews 451 and modern Chinese history, gender studies, or labor studies, as well as provocative and exciting reading for specialists in these fields. Tina Mai Chen Tina Mai Chen is an associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba specializing in the cultural-intellectual history of modern China, with research interests in gender, body, and subjectivity as well as Sino-Soviet cultural exchange. Gary G. Hamilton. Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Society. New York: Routledge, 2006. xii, 309 pp. Paperback $37.95, Isbn 0-415-15705-6. Hardcover $135.00, Isbn 0­415­15704­8. The sociologist Gary Hamilton has gathered eleven of his articles in this collection. Because these articles cover a wide range of subjects, his central theory emerges in a somewhat disjointed fashion. Nevertheless, Hamilton's interpretations are impressive and offer a challenge to accepted thinking about Chinese business organization. The book is highly recommended to all interested in how private Chinese firms operate. A summary statement of Hamilton's interpretation is that before 1850 China had developed its own particular form of economic organization that was unlike Western capitalism. The Chinese commercial system depended upon highly segmented and complex trading networks linking consumers and producers through chains of self-governing artisans and merchants. He states, "China http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Society (review)

China Review International, Volume 14 (2) – Nov 28, 2008

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Reviews 451 and modern Chinese history, gender studies, or labor studies, as well as provocative and exciting reading for specialists in these fields. Tina Mai Chen Tina Mai Chen is an associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba specializing in the cultural-intellectual history of modern China, with research interests in gender, body, and subjectivity as well as Sino-Soviet cultural exchange. Gary G. Hamilton. Commerce and Capitalism in Chinese Society. New York: Routledge, 2006. xii, 309 pp. Paperback $37.95, Isbn 0-415-15705-6. Hardcover $135.00, Isbn 0­415­15704­8. The sociologist Gary Hamilton has gathered eleven of his articles in this collection. Because these articles cover a wide range of subjects, his central theory emerges in a somewhat disjointed fashion. Nevertheless, Hamilton's interpretations are impressive and offer a challenge to accepted thinking about Chinese business organization. The book is highly recommended to all interested in how private Chinese firms operate. A summary statement of Hamilton's interpretation is that before 1850 China had developed its own particular form of economic organization that was unlike Western capitalism. The Chinese commercial system depended upon highly segmented and complex trading networks linking consumers and producers through chains of self-governing artisans and merchants. He states, "China

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