Northern and Southern China: Regional Differences in Rural Areas(original Chinese version:《南北中国：中国农村区域差异研究》), edited by He Xuefeng (DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003182757) has been translated into English by Dr. Li Xiaoyan, Beijing Forestry University, and published in English by Routledge, the world' s leading Humanities and Social Sciences academic publisher.
“When translating such intricate sociological analysis, one must first grasp the complexities of the wide-ranging subject to express it well in translation.” said Dr. Li.
This important volume highlights regional disparities arising amidst the diverse social dynamics of Chinese rural village life. Drawing on the fact-based “middle-range theory”, the author compares and contrasts interpersonal social relationships in rural Northern, Central and Southern China. In the three geographic regions are multitudes of diverse rural community structures that are as unique as the places where they are practiced. In the book, segmented village kinship groups are recognized with a high degree of atomization in North China while patrilineage-based societal structures are the constant underpinning in South China.
Dr. Li’s Scholarly Chinese-to-English translation accomplishments are well known in the international academic world, yielding numerous published volumes, including those published by the renowned Springer Publishing group.
“My hope is that with accurate translation China’s voice be better heard and understood.” said Dr. Li.