Harvard Contemporary China Series

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: After Mao: Chinese Literature and Society, 1978–1981

After Mao: Chinese Literature and Society, 1978–1981

Kinkley, Jeffrey C.

This is the first book in English to analyze the Chinese literary scene during the post-Mao thaw in government control. The seven contributors originally presented their research at a 1982 international conference at St. John’s University, New York.

2.Cover: The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China

The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China

Perry, Elizabeth J.
Wong, Christine

3.Cover: China’s Intellectuals and the State: In Search of a New Relationship

China’s Intellectuals and the State: In Search of a New Relationship

Goldman, Merle
Cheek, Timothy
Hamrin, Carol Lee

4.Cover: Ai Ssu-ch’i’s Contribution to the Development of Chinese Marxism

Ai Ssu-ch’i’s Contribution to the Development of Chinese Marxism

Fogel, Joshua A.

The recent flood of reminiscence literature in China has reserved a special place of prominence for Ai Ssu-ch’i. This is not only because he was so admired by Mao, but also because he devoted his life so enthusiastically and wholeheartedly to the Party. Joshua Fogel traces the pattern of this devotion via Ai’s crucial role in spreading Marxist-Leninist thought among Chinese intellectuals.

5.Cover: Science and Technology in Post-Mao China

Science and Technology in Post-Mao China

Simon, Denis Fred
Goldman, Merle

Along with the political and economic reforms that have characterized the post-Mao era in China there has been a potentially revolutionary change in Chinese science and technology. Here sixteen scholars examine various facets of the current science and technology scene, comparing it with the past and speculating about future trends.

6.Cover: The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao: From the Hundred Flowers to the Great Leap Forward

The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao: From the Hundred Flowers to the Great Leap Forward

MacFarquhar, Roderick
Wu, Eugene
Cheek, Timothy

7.Cover: Chinese Society on the Eve of Tiananmen: The Impact of Reform

Chinese Society on the Eve of Tiananmen: The Impact of Reform

Davis, Deborah

9.Cover: From May Fourth to June Fourth: Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century China

From May Fourth to June Fourth: Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century China

Widmer, Ellen
Wang, David Der-wei

What do Chinese literature and film inspired by the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) have in common with media of the May Fourth movement (1918–1930)? This book demonstrates several shared aims: to liberate narrative arts from aesthetic orthodoxies, to draw on foreign sources for inspiration, and to free individuals from social conformity.

10.Cover: Engendering China: Women, Culture, and the State

Engendering China: Women, Culture, and the State

Gilmartin, Christina K.
Hershatter, Gail
Rofel, Lisa
White, Tyrene

This first significant collection of essays on women in China in more than two decades captures a pivotal moment in a cross-cultural—and interdisciplinary—dialogue. For the first time, the voices of China-based scholars are heard alongside scholars positioned in the United States.

11.Cover: Zouping in Transition: The Process of Reform in Rural North China

Zouping in Transition: The Process of Reform in Rural North China

Walder, Andrew G.

Zouping offers important general lessons for the study of China’s rural transformation. The authors in this volume, all participants in a unique field research project undertaken from 1988 to 1992, address questions concerning the role of local governments as economic actors, market reform, and inequality.

12.Cover: The Paradox of China’s Post-Mao Reforms

The Paradox of China’s Post-Mao Reforms

Goldman, Merle
MacFarquhar, Roderick

China’s move to an open market economy ended the political chaos and economic stagnation of the Cultural Revolution and sparked an unprecedented economic boom. Yet this success came at the cost of a weakening central government, increasing inequalities, and fragmenting society. The essays here explore this contradiction.

13.Cover: Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China

Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China

Goldman, Merle
Perry, Elizabeth J.

This collection of essays addresses the meaning and practice of political citizenship in China over the past century, raising the question of whether reform initiatives in citizenship imply movement toward increased democratization.

14.Cover: Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China

Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China

Perry, Elizabeth J.
Goldman, Merle

Observers often note the glaring contrast between China’s economic progress and its stalled political reforms. This volume, written by experienced scholars, explores a range of grassroots efforts—initiated by the state and society alike—to restrain corrupt behavior and enhance the accountability of local authorities.

15.Cover: Popular Protest in China

Popular Protest in China

O'Brien, Kevin J.

Unrest in China, from the dramatic events of 1989 to more recent stirrings, offers a rare opportunity to consider how popular contention unfolds in places where speech and assembly are tightly controlled. The contributors to this volume argue that ideas inspired by social movements elsewhere can help explain popular protest in China.

16.Cover: One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China

One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China

Whyte, Martin King

This timely and important collection of original essays analyzes China’s foremost social cleavage: the rural–urban gap. The contributors, many of whom conducted extensive fieldwork, examine the historical background of rural–urban relations; aspects of inequality apart from income (access to education and medical care, the digital divide, housing quality and location); experiences of discrimination, particularly among urban migrants; and conceptual and policy debates in China regarding the status and treatment of rural residents and urban migrants.

17.Cover: Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China

Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China

Heilmann, Sebastian
Perry, Elizabeth J.

Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s Communist state since Mao’s death. Yet policymakers have managed the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history. This book shows that many contemporary techniques of governance have their roots in experimental policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC.

18.Cover: Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution

Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution

Li, Jie
Zhang, Enhua

19.Cover: Beyond Regimes: China and India Compared

Beyond Regimes: China and India Compared

Duara, Prasenjit
Perry, Elizabeth J.

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