From Post-Maoism to Post-Marxism: The Erosion of Official Ideology in Deng's China

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Routledge, Jun 23, 1998 - Political Science - 224 pages
This text chronicles Deng Xiaoping's institution of far-reaching and practical economic reforms that seem at odds with Communist theory and its emphasis on ideology. In fact, while Deng often turned to Mao for ideological justification of his reforms, those very reforms seemed to wear away to official ideology. Ultimately, even though the post-Mao government has fostered economic growth, improved standards of living and intellectual pluralism, these changes have resulted in a decline on the perceived legitimacy of the regime.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Criterion of Truth
19
2 Revolutionary Practice and Economic Determinism
55
3 Stages of Socialism
91
4 The Problem of Class in Socialist Society
117
5 Refuting the Theory of a Bureaucrat Class and Affirming Socialist Democracy
151
6 Conclusion
183
Glossary of Names
217
Bibliography
225
Index
259
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Kalpana Misra is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa.

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