The Struggle for Tiananmen: Anatomy of the 1989 Mass Movement

Front Cover
Praeger, 1992 - History - 199 pages
0 Reviews

This work examines the environment and events of the spring 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy. The author argues that the mass movement, which climaxed in Beijing, can be understood only if attention is given to the external environment that provided both opportunities and constraints to the interactions of participating groups, to the shifting participants and their goals and interests, and to the historical and cultural factors which guided the behavior of those participants (on both the student and government sides). Unlike other works on this topic, The Struggle for Tiananmen describes and analyzes the movement from its inception to its end--presenting the entire process, providing information from both the authorities and non-student participants, identifying the interactions between external events and the movement, and placing the particular event in the larger context of social movements.

This work will be of interest to scholars and laymen alike in contemporary history, Chinese studies, sociology, and political science.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

The struggle for Tiananmen: anatomy of the 1989 mass movement

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Numerous works on the 1989 Tiananmen massacre have been published, but sociologist Lin analyzes the democracy movement from a different perspective. Contextualizing the event, he concentrates upon the ... Read full review


A Chronological Account
The Significance of the Movement
Background of the Mass

10 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1992)

Nan Lin is Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Duke University. He has conducted research on social capital, social networks, stratification and mobility, and stress coping in the United States, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has written or edited seven books and published numerous book
chapters and journal articles. He is also an Academician at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and holds honorary professorship in many universities in China.
Erickson received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of British Columbia before moving to Harvard where she completed her Doctorate in Social Relations. She then spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University before joining the
faculty at University of Toronto in 1973. In addition to her work in the Department of Sociology, Erickson is currently cross-appointed to the Centre for Studies on Aging, the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, the Centre for Industrial Relations, and is on the Board of Directors of the Centre
for Health Promotion. Erickson has published articles on a wide variety of topics, getting printed in publications including the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, American Sociological Review, Social Networks, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Bibliographic information