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CIW Associate Director Luigi Tomba Receives Prestigious AAS Joseph Levenson Book Prize

Luigi Tomba and his award-winning book 'The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China'

The Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, is proud to announce the award to Luigi Tomba of the prestigious Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Joseph Levenson Prize for the best book on Post-1900 China in 2016 for his latest book The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China, published by Cornell University Press. In the book, Luigi investigates how the goals of a government consolidated in a distant authority materialise in citizens' everyday lives. His vivid ethnographic accounts of neighbourhood life and politics in Beijing, Shenyang, and Chengdu depict how such local ‘translation' of government priorities takes place.

The Joseph Levenson Book Prize is awarded each year by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) to two English-language books, one whose main focus is on China before 1900 and the other for works on post-1900 China. The prize is awarded to the book that provides the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China, with special consideration given to books that promote the relevance of scholarship on China to the wider world of intellectual discourse.

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Governing China’s Neighbourhoods: In Conversation with Author Luigi Tomba, Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Watch the conversation between Luigi Tomba, Jonathan Unger, Nicholas Loubere, Christian Sorace, and Qian Linliang on the Joseph Levenson prize-winning book The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China.

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Published: Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Updated: Friday, 8 April 2016

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Updated:  8 April 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World