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Maoism at the Grassroots

Everyday Life in China’s Era of High Socialism

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$56.00 • £44.95 • €50.50

ISBN 9780674287204

Publication Date: 10/13/2015


480 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 halftone


  • Introduction [Jeremy Brown and Matthew D. Johnson]
  • Part I. Crimes, Labels, and Punishment
    • 1. How a “Bad Element” Was Made: The Discovery, Accusation, and Punishment of Zang Qiren [Yang Kuisong]
    • 2. Moving Targets: Changing Class Labels in Rural Hebei and Henan, 1960–1979 [Jeremy Brown]
    • 3. An Overt Conspiracy: Creating Rightists in Rural Henan, 1957–1958 [Cao Shuji]
    • 4. Revising Political Verdicts in Post-Mao China: The Case of Beijing’s Fengtai District [Daniel Leese]
  • Part II. Mobilization
    • 5. Liberation from the Loom? Rural Women, Textile Work, and Revolution in North China [Jacob Eyferth]
    • 6. Youth and the “Great Revolutionary Movement” of Scientific Experiment in 1960s–1970s Rural China [Sigrid Schmalzer]
    • 7. Adrift in Tianjin, 1976: A Diary of Natural Disaster, Everyday Urban Life, and Exile to the Countryside [Sha Qingqing and Jeremy Brown]
  • Part III. Culture and Communication
    • 8. Beneath the Propaganda State: Official and Unofficial Cultural Landscapes in Shanghai, 1949–1965 [Matthew D. Johnson]
    • 9. China’s “Great Proletarian Information Revolution” of 1966–1967 [Michael Schoenhals]
    • 10. The Dilemma of Implementation: The State and Religion in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1990 [Xiaoxuan Wang]
  • Part IV. Discontent
    • 11. Radical Agricultural Collectivization and Ethnic Rebellion: The Communist Encounter with a “New Emperor” in Guizhou’s Mashan Region, 1956 [Wang Haiguang]
    • 12. Caught between Opposing Han Chauvinism and Opposing Local Nationalism: The Drift toward Ethnic Antagonism in Xinjiang Society, 1952–1963 [Zhe Wu]
    • 13. Redemptive Religious Societies and the Communist State, 1949 to the 1980s [S. A. Smith]
  • Epilogue: Mao’s China—Putting Politics in Perspective [Vivienne Shue]
  • Notes
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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