Republishing Jointly Three Books——Commemorating the 110th Anniversary of Professor Fei Xiaotong's Birth (1910-2005)

    The London Book Fair (LBF), due to take place on 10-12 March 2020, was unfortunately cancelled owing to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. To commemorate the 110th anniversary of the birth of the renowned Chinese sociologist and anthropologist Professor Fei Xiaotong (1910-2005), the planned release event of Fei’s books in English, jointly published by Global Century Press (GCP) and New World Press (NWP), could not take place at the LBF. Instead, it was presented through a combination of online and offline events. The three books were: Towards a People’s Anthropology, Chinese Village Close-up and Small Towns in China. They were once included in the China Studies Series (English version), originally published by NWP in the 1980s. The new editions had been allocated to two of GCP’s series: Towards a People’s Anthropology has become Volume 1 of Understanding China and the World series, while Chinese Village Close-up and Small Towns in China are Volumes 2 and 3, respectively, of the China Urbanization Studies series.

The above photos were taken on 5th March. Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary President of the GCA, Mr. Mwika Nyangibo, GCA’s accountant, and some visitors viewed and expressed great interest in and appreciation of these new books.

      On 6th March, Mr. XIE Xiaocheng, General Manager of Cypress Books Co. Ltd, brought two books and a special edition of China Pictorial (English and Chinese editions) to a ‘mini display’ jointly organized by GCA and Cypress Books. The books were Stories of Courage and Determination: Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown, and China's Battle against the Coronavirus: A Daily Log, published by Foreign Languages Press (photo below).

The president of NWP, Mr. Chunkai Li, wrote that he was very pleased to see that GCP had published these three books in the UK promptly during the difficult period of the coronavirus pandemic. Ingrid Cranfield (bottom left), Vice-President of GCA and President of GCP, introduced the three books briefly and reiterated that we are proud to republish the great sociologist Fei Xiaotong’s works.

     Professor FANG Lili (bottom right), President of the Chinese Society for Anthropology of Arts, Chair Professor of Southeast University and Director of the Institute of Art Anthropology and Sociology, was fortunate to receive academic guidance from Fei Xiaotong for ten years. She believes that, in the context of the present fight against the pandemic, it is of great importance for us to re-read Fei Xiaotong's work. Mr. Fei realized early on that a global society was beginning to form at the end of the 19th century. Even at the beginning of the 20th century, when he studied the rural areas of China, the rural areas of China were connected with the rest of the world. The economic depression of the 1920s and the development of industrial civilization affected the fate even of China's small mountain villages. His research always focused on China in a village and the world in China. Therefore, in his later years, he wrote, “Appreciate the culture/values of others as you do your own, and the world will become a harmonious whole”.       

In an interview with Xinhua News Agency before visiting the mini display, Professor Martin Albrow (top left), Honorary Vice-President of the British Sociological Association (BSA), Honorary President of GCA, said that Fei Xiaotong had been mentioned as one of the greatest social scientists in a book that Prof. Albrow wrote 20 years ago, but that the West still does not fully appreciate his contribution to the social sciences worldwide, unlike his contributions to policy making in China’s development.

Professor LI Qiang (top right), former Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University, Honorary Chinese President of GCA, said that it is of great significance the Global Century Press and New World Press have jointly republished three of Fei’s books at this time. The book on small towns in particular reflects Professor Fei's deep thinking about China's development. Fei believed that there should be a kind of intermediate between big cities and rural areas, which gave impetus to the massive and rapid proliferation of small towns, contrary to the then policy of developing large cities. There are currently more than 600 large cities in China, and about 30,000 small towns, all of which play an extremely important role in China's economic and social development.

Professor Xiangqun Chang (bottom left), President of GCA and Honorary Professor of University College London, said that, in 1986, Professor Fei donated these three books to his alma mater, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The Chinese versions of these books are well known by Chinese social scientists and very helpful aids to undersdanding China’s development. Unfortunately, the three books were removed from the LSE library because too few people had borrowed them. Prof. Chang said she hoped that their republication would help people in the non-Chinese-speaking world to gain a better understanding of Chinese society and its development in the past decades.

   Professor XIE Lizhong (bottom right), Director of the Centre for Social Theory Research at Peking University, Chinese President of GCA, said that Professor Fei Xiaotong devoted himself not only to the sinicization of sociology and anthropology but also to academic research into practical Chinese social development, and had made outstanding contributions to the creation of contemporary Chinese sociology and anthropology and the formulation of contemporary Chinese social development policies. Many of his works, such as Peasant Life in China, Shengyu zhidu 《生育制度》 (The institutions for reproduction), From the Soil and China’s Gentry, have become classics of Chinese sociology and anthropology. Unfortunately, for various reasons, foreign scholars do not know much about Fei Xiaotong’s writings, which limits the influence of his sociological and anthropological thoughts abroad. Prof. XIE said he believed these three republished works could make up for this lack to a certain extent, and hoped that they would give foreign readers a better understanding of Fei Xiaotong’s thoughts, Chinese sociology and anthropology and Chinese society.

   This combination of offline and online activities was supported by Mr DU Yichao, the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chevening Scholar, President of Wuxi New Culture Research Institute of China, and his colleagues, in the form of transcribing video contents, English-Chinese translation and efficient and professional production of dual-langage videos.

 

合作再版三本书——纪念费孝通(1910-2005)教授诞辰110周年

        2021年是中国著名社会学家和人类学家费孝通先生诞辰110周年。2020年3月10-12日伦敦书展因新冠病毒在全球爆发而被迫取消。计划中的为纪念费孝通(1910-2005)教授诞辰110周年,环球世纪出版社和中国国际出版集团旗下的新世界出版社合作再版的费先生的英文著作的发布活动无法在伦敦书展举办,只好通过线上线下组合的跨时空的方式呈现。这三本英文著作为:《迈向人民的人类学》《三访江村》《中国小城镇》。它们曾经被列入新世界出版社出版的英文版“中国研究”(China Studies Series),于1980年代出版。环球世纪出版社根据这三本书的性质分别将它们纳入两套系列丛书: 《走向人民的人类学》为“读懂中国与世界系列丛书”第一卷, 《三访江村》和《中国的小城镇》为“中国城镇化研究系列丛书” 第一、二卷。

以上图片是在3月5日,全球中国学术院荣誉院长马丁·阿尔布劳教授、学术院会计姆维卡·恩尼吉博(Mwika Nyangibo)先生以及部分来访者对这些新书表示了极大的兴趣。

        3月6日,英国常青图书公司总经理谢晓宬先生带来了中国国际出版集团外文出版社出版的《武汉封城:坚守与逆行》和《中国战“疫”日志》两本书以及《人民画报》英汉两种版本,加入了环球世纪出版社和新世界出版社为纪念中国著名社会学家和人类学家费孝通先生诞辰110周年而合作再版的三本书的陈列台,做了一个“迷你联合预展”(下图)。

       新世界出版社社长李春凯先生在来信中表示,他很高兴看到环球世纪出版社在抗击新冠肺炎疫情的困难时期,按时完成了这三种图书的在英国的出版工作。全球中国学术院副院长,环球世纪出版社英格丽.克兰菲尔德女士在简单介绍了三本书后说,我社很自豪再次出版费孝通这位伟大的社会学家的著作。

     现为中国艺术人类学会会长,东南大学首席教授, 艺术人类学与社会学研究所所长方李莉教授,曾经接受过费孝通先生长达十年的学术指导。她认为,在今天全球共同抗击疫情的背景中,我们重新阅读费孝通的著作意义非常重大。费先生很早就意识到世界在19世纪末的时候就一体化了。即使在20世纪初,他研究中国的乡村的时候,他就已经看到了,中国的乡村是和世界联系在一起的,当时的世界的经济大萧条以及世界的工业文明的发展都影响到了了一个中国小山村的命运。他的研究向来是在村庄看中国,在中国看世界。所以,在晚年,他提出了“各美其美、美人之美,美美与共、天下大同”这十六个大字,希望世界能共同和谐发展。

      全球中国学术院荣誉院长、英国社会学会前会长马丁·阿尔布劳教授(左上),在参观迷你书展前接受新华社采访时说,费孝通是一位举世瞩目的社会学家,我在20年前写的一本书中就提到了他是最伟大的社会科学家之一,但西方还不够了解。除了他对中国的贡献应该被认知,对整个社会科学的贡献也是如此。

     全球中国学术院中方荣誉院长、清华大学社会科学院前院长李强教授(右上)说,此次环球世纪出版社和中国新世界出版社共同重印出版费先生的三本著作,此次意义十分重大。特别重要的一本是关于小城镇是费先生对于中国发展的一种非常深刻的思考,认为在大城市和农村之间应该有一种中间的地位的城市。中国的目前偏大一点的城市有六百多个,中国小城镇大概有三万多个,对于中国经济发展和通过社会发展起着极其巨大作用。

     全球中国学术院院长、伦敦大学学院荣誉教授常向群教授(左下)说,1986年,费先生他向母校伦敦政治经济学院捐赠了这三本书。这些书的中文版本为中国社会科学家所熟知,但是,这些书已从伦敦经济学院图书馆中下架了。 希望这三本书的出版将有助于非华语人士读懂中国社会及其发展。

     全球中国学术院中方院长、北京大学社会理论研究中心主任谢立中教授(右下)说,费孝通先生的一生中不仅致力于社会学、人类学的中国化,而且致力于将自己的学术研究与中国社会发展的实践紧密地结合起来,对于当代中国社会学、人类学的学科建设和当代中国社会发展政策的制定都有卓越的贡献。他的许多著作,如《江村经济》《生育制度》《乡土中国》《中国绅士》等都已经成为中国社会学、人类学的经典,无论对于了解中国社会学、人类学,还是对于理解中国社会,都具有极高的价值。遗憾的是,由于各种原因,国外学者对于费孝通先生的著述了解不多,限制了费先生社会学人类学思想在国外的影响。相信这三本费孝通著作再版,在一定程度上可以弥补这一遗憾,并希望通过这些著作的阅读,国外读者对费孝通的思想、对中国的社会学、人类学以及对中国社会都能够有更多的了解和理解。

     这次线下和线上活动相结合,得到英国外交部志奋领学者,中国无锡新文化研究院院长杜怿超先生及其同事们从听打视频内容、英汉互译到高效专业地制作英汉双语视频。