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Professor Qu Jingdong : « Double-tracked Governance in Chinese traditional society »

30 janvier 2018, de 14h30 à 17h30, à l’ENS de Lyon (site Descartes), salle D4.260

Résumé de l’intervention

The traditional societies, from the change between Yin and Zhou, between Qin and Han, and the development of subsequent dynasties, have all been around the dialectical relationship between system of enfeoffment and system of prefectures & counties. In the system of enfeoffment, the logical relationship between monarch governance and patriarchal governance was set up based on the regime of patriarchal clan, mourning and ancestral temple, by the principle of QinQin and ZunZun. On the other hand, the general rule of natural nourishment between monarch and populace was established on the sacred view of destiny. In the system of prefectures & counties, the historical potential change since the Era of War was emphasized. Liu Zongyuan held that the private ownership of land, as the reason of maladministration in the system of enfeoffment, was abolished, which, created a world of “Public Tianxia” instead and established an imperial political system. From early modern time, Wang Fuzhi, Gu Yanwu etc. emphasized to include the significance of enfeoffment into the system of prefectures & counties, in order to break through political centralism, which deprived local governances of their self-regulated sphere. Therefore, the dialectic between ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ was problematised again. However, the system of enfeoffment still needs to be clarified by the re-interpretation of classical texts.


Professor Qu Jingdong,
Executive Deputy Director, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor in Department of Sociology, Peking University, the former Deputy Director, National Institute of Social Development and Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS.

Research Fields :

  • Social Theory, Sociology of Organization, Studies on Social Structure and Social Development.

Education :

  • MA.(Philosophy, Fudan University), PH.D (Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences ).

Main Works :

  • Absence and Break : A Sociological Study on Anomie, Shanghai : Shanghai People Publishing House, 1999.
  • Durkheim’s Theory of Education and Human Nature, Shanghai : Shanghai Sanlian Press, 2005.
  • Social Process of Organizational Innovation, Shanghai : Oriental Publishing Centre, 2004.
  • Freedom and Education : On Philosophy of Education of John Locke and Jean Jarques Rousseau. Beijing : Sanlian Publishing House, 2012.
  • La sociologie chinoise avant la Revolution(with Li Peilin). Editions de la Maison des science de l’homme, 2016.
  • Collected Works of Emile Durkheim (10 Vols. Editor and Translator), Beijing : The Commercial Press, 2017.
  • An Introduction to Chinese Sociological Classics (Ed. With Li Peilin), Social Sciences Academic Press. Main Papers : “From total dominance to technical governance : an analysis on thirty years during reform period”, Social Sciences in China, vol.6, 2009.
  • “The Project System : A new form of State Governance”, Social Sciences in China, vol.5, 2012.
  • "Possession, operation, and governance as three conceptual dimensions of town and township enterprises : An analysis going back to the classical social sciences", Chinese Journal of Sociology, Vol.2 No.1 January 2016.
  • “After Sacred Society : To Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Emile Durkheim’s Death”, Chinese Journal of Sociology, Vol.4 2017.


  • François Buton, Research Director at CNRS, Triangle, ENS lyon
  • Romain Graziani, Professor at ENS Lyon, IAO
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