Force and Contention in Contemporary China : Memory and Resistance in the Long Shadow of the Catastrophic Past, Paperback Book

Force and Contention in Contemporary China : Memory and Resistance in the Long Shadow of the Catastrophic Past Paperback

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics series

Description

Why is contemporary China such a politically contentious place?

Relying on the memories of the survivors of the worst catastrophe of Maoist rule and documenting the rise of resistance and protest at the grassroots level, this book explains how the terror, hunger, and loss of the socialist past influences the way in which people in the deep countryside see and resist state power in the reform era up to the present-day repression of the People's Republic of China central government.

Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr provides us with a worm's-eye view of an 'unknown China' - a China that cannot easily or fully be understood through made-in-the-academy theories and frameworks of why and how rural people have engaged in contentious politics.

This book is a truly unique and disturbing look at how rural people relate to an authoritarian political system in a country that aspires to become a stable world power.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 488 pages, 14 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Constitution: government & the state
  • ISBN: 9781107539822

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