Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China

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Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Elizabeth J. Perry
Westview Press, 1994 - History - 350 pages
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This innovative and widely praised volume uses the dramatic occupation of Tiananmen Square as the foundation for rethinking the cultural dimensions of Chinese politics. Now in a revised and expanded second edition, the book includes enhanced coverage of key issues, such as the political dimensions of popular culture (addressed in a new chapter on Chinese rock-and-roll by Andrew Jones) and the struggle for control of public discourse in the post-1989 era (discussed in a new chapter by Tony Saich). Two especially valuable additions to the second edition are art historian Tsao Tsing-yuan’s eyewitness account of the making of the Goddess of Democracy, and an exposition of Chinese understandings of the term “revolution” contributed by Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s most controversial dissident intellectuals. The volume also includes an analysis (by noted social theorist and historical sociologist Craig C. Calhoun) of the similarities and differences between the “new” social movements of recent decades and the “old” social movements of earlier eras.TEXT CONCLUSION: To facilitate classroom use, the volume has been reorganized into groups of interrelated essays. The editors introduce each section and offer a list of suggested readings that complement the material in that section.

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Chinese Political Culture Revisited
General Frameworks
Political Theater in Modern China
Class Gender and Identity 1989 as a Social Movement
Science Democracy and the Politics of Identity
Gender and the Chinese Student Movement Lee Feigon
Popular Culture and the Politics of Art
Andrew F Jones
Cultural Dilemmas and Political Roles
Intellectuals and the State
The Role of the Chinese and U S Media Stephen R MacKinnon
Discos and Dictatorship PartyState and Society Relations
Historical Narratives and Key Words Deconstructed
That Holy Word Revolution Liu Xiaobo
April 1994 Jeffrey N Wasserstrom

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Page 14 - Alvin W. Gouldner, The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology (New York: Basic Books, 1970). 2. Martin Rein, Social Science and Public Policy (New York: Penguin Books, 1976). 3. Martin Rein and Donald A. Schon, "Problem Setting in Policy Research,
Page 13 - The secularization of culture is the processes whereby traditional orientations and attitudes give way to more dynamic decision-making processes involving the gathering of information, the evaluation of information, the laying out of alternative courses of action, the selection of a course of action from among these possible courses, and the means whereby one tests whether or not a given course of action is producing the consequences which were intended.
Page 266 - James C. Scott. Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990).
Page 36 - This means that, even when improvising, protesters worked from familiar 'scripts' which gave a common sense of how to behave during a given action, where and when to march, how to express their demands, and so forth. Some of these scripts originated in the distant past, emerging out of traditions of remonstrance and petition stretching back for millennia. More were derived (consciously or unconsciously) from the steady stream of student-led mass movements that have taken place [in China] since 1919.
Page 65 - Jean-Christophe Agnew, Worlds Apart: The Market and the Theater in Anglo-American Thought, 1550-1750 (Cambridge...
Page 149 - Xiaoping's sweeping program of economic reform and "opening to the outside world" in the early 1980s, however, popular music in China underwent a remarkable renaissance.
Page 266 - Pierre Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977...
Page 34 - ... banners and slogans, but it would be hasty to associate minzhu (literally: "rule of the people") with any conventional Western notion of democracy. Consider, for example, Wuer Kaixi's words in the televised dialogue with Li Peng on May 18th. Early in the meeting, Wuer Kaixi explained what it would take to get students to leave Tiananmen Square: "If one fasting classmate refuses to leave the square, the other thousands of fasting students on the square will not leave.
Page 1 - The scale was too small; then make it bigger; the Chinese Communists, embracing a world authoritarian doctrine in place of one local to China, have enlarged the arena in which old Chinese ideas can once more be put into practice, in more modern guise, expanded to the new scale, but fundamentally the same ideas which inspired the builders of the Han Empire and the restorers of the T'ang.
Page 12 - It consists of attitudes, beliefs, values, and skills which are current in an entire population, as well as those special propensities and patterns which may be found within separate parts of that population.

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Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom was trained in Chinese and comparative history at Harvard University and Berkeley and is currently associate professor of history at Indiana University. He has published widely on topics ranging from urban theory to patterns of Chinese student protest to the gendered aspects of revolutionary struggles. His most recent books include Human Rights and Revolutions and Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities. In addition to various academic venues, his essays have appeared in general interest periodicals such as Christian Science Monitor, American Scholar, and World Policy Journal. He writes regularly for Times Literary Supplement, Dissent Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education; he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Long Bow Films; and recently served a year as the acting editor of American Historical Review. Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is associate professor of history at Indiana University. Elizabeth J. Perry is professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley.

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