Political Science 229
Special Topics in Comparative Politics:
State and Society in Modern East Asia (53314)

In the Spring of 2005, Dr. Hoston is teaching a new seminar for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. The seminar will examine critically the burgeoning literature on the notions of civil society, the public sphere, and democratization in light of the powerful leading role that the state has played in "modernization" and industrialization in the later industrializing societies of East Asia. Our comparative historical perspective will focus primarily on China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), Japan, and Korea , although if there is sufficient interest among students, we may incorporate studies on the Philippines, Vietnam , and/or other cases from Southeast Asia .

The books listed below have been ordered from Groundwork Books. None of the books listed is required, however, students might wish to acquire them for their own convenience as there is substantial reading required in these texts. Students may also wish to have the opportunity to order used copies of the books online if they prefer to do so. We have listed the links to the required texts on and a link to search for the same texts on Barnes & below.

To download the entire syllabus in Word Format, click here. To download the file in Adobe PDF format, click here.

Recommended Texts:

  • Muthiah Alagappa, ed., Civil Society and Political Change in Asia: Expanding and Contracting Democratic Space (Stanford University Press, 2004)
  • Daniel Bell and Chai-bong Hahm, ed., Confucianism for the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • Craig Calhoun, ed., Habermas and the Public Sphere (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1992)
  • Wm Theodore deBary and Tu Wei-ming, ed. Confucianism and Human Rights (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998)
  • Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks (edited and translated by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith)(London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1971)
  • Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation Of The Public Sphere : An Inquiry Into A Category Of Bourgeois Society , translated by Thomas Burger with the assistance of Frederick Lawrence, Studies in Contemporary German Thought (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989)
  • Germaine A. Hoston, Marxism and the Crisis of Development in Prewar Japan (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1986) (available online only)
  • Germaine A. Hoston, State, Identity, and the National Question in China and Japan (ISBN: 0-691-02334-4) (available online only)
  • Benjamin I. Schwartz, The World of Thought in Ancient China (Harvard University Press, 1985)
  • Charles Taylor, Modern Social Imaginaries (Public Planet) (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2004)
  • Frank J. Schwartz and Susan J. Pharr, eds., The State of Civil Society in Japan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • Meredith Woo-Cumings, The Developmental State (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999


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