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The Cultural Revolution at the Margins

Chinese Socialism in Crisis

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$58.50 • £46.95 • €52.50

ISBN 9780674728790

Publication Date: 06/09/2014


368 pages

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

4 halftones, 1 graph, 3 tables


  • List of Figures and Tables*
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • 1. The Unthinkable Revolution
    • From the Margins: A Historiographical and Interpretive Detour
    • Plan of This Book
  • 2. Enemies from the Past: Bureaucracy, Class, and Mao’s Continuous Revolution
    • When Revolutionaries Became Rulers
    • Socialist Bureaucracy and Ruling-Class Formation
    • Class as Classification
    • How the Old Bottle Spoiled New Wine
  • 3. From the Good Blood to the Right to Rebel: Politics of Class and Citizenship in the Beijing Red Guard Movement
    • Proletarian Purity
    • Festivals of Red Violence
    • Birth of a Big Poisonous Weed
    • Rights and Class: Transgressing Maoism
  • 4. Revolutionary Alchemy: Economism and the Making of Shanghai’s January Revolution
    • A Brief History of Economism
    • Crisis and Indeterminacy
    • Revolutionary Alchemy: “What Kind of Stuff Is Economism?”
    • The Making of a New Political Model
    • An Unstable Closure
    • In the Name of Proletarian Power
  • 5. Revolution Is Dead, Long Live the Revolution: Popular Radicalization of the Cultural Revolution in Hunan
    • The Great Retreat and Its Discontents
    • Resisting Demobilization: The Road to the Shengwulian
    • Coalition of the Disaffected?
    • “The People’s Commune of China”
    • The Universality of the Singular
  • 6. Coping with Crisis in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution: The Historical Origins of Chinese Postsocialism
    • Rebellion and Encompassment
    • Return to Normalcy
    • Continuing Crises
    • The Road to Brumaire: The Hegemonic Politics of Economic Reform
  • Epilogue. From Revolution to Reform: Rethinking the Cultural Revolution in the Present
    • Two Contrasting Chinas?
    • Ruling-Class Transformation: Overcoming the 1978 Divide
    • The Incomplete Continuous Revolution
  • Appendix: List of Selected Chinese Characters
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Figures and Tables
    • Figure 1. Numbers of cadres, 1949–1980 (in millions)
    • Figure 2. The war of couplets over the issue of family origins, 1966
    • Figure 3. The Yu family, 1963
    • Figure 4. Shanghai’s January Revolution
    • Figure 5. Yang Xiguang with younger sisters Yang Hui and Yang Xiaocheng in Wuhan
    • Table 1. Rank and salary scale of party and government workers, 1955
    • Table 2. The system of class labels
    • Table 3. Average monthly wage, cost-of-living index, productivity, and gross industrial output, 1952–1980

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