Afterlives of Chinese Communism

Afterlives of Chinese Communism

Political Concepts from Mao to Xi

Edited by: Christian Sorace, Ivan Franceschini, Nicholas Loubere orcid

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Afterlives of Chinese Communism comprises essays from over fifty world- renowned scholars in the China field, from various disciplines and continents. It provides an indispensable guide for understanding how the Mao era continues to shape Chinese politics today. Each chapter discusses a concept or practice from the Mao period, what it attempted to do, and what has become of it since. The authors respond to the legacy of Maoism from numerous perspectives to consider what lessons Chinese communism can offer today, and whether there is a future for the egalitarian politics that it once promised.


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Jun 2019
ANU Press
Verso Books
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
East Asia: China

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  1. Aesthetics (PDF, 0.1MB)Christian Sorace doi
  2. Blood Lineage (PDF, 0.1MB)Yi Xiaocuo doi
  3. Class Feeling (PDF, 0.1MB)Haiyan Lee doi
  4. Class Struggle (PDF, 0.1MB)Alessandro Russo doi
  5. Collectivism (PDF, 0.1MB)Gao Mobo doi
  6. Contradiction (PDF, 0.1MB)Carlos Rojas doi
  7. Culture (PDF, 0.1MB)Dai Jinhua doi
  8. Cultural Revolution (PDF, 0.1MB)Patricia M. Thornton doi
  9. Datong and Xiaokang (PDF, 0.1MB)Craig A. Smith doi
  10. Dialectical Materialism (PDF, 0.1MB)Pang Laikwan doi
  11. Dignity of Labour (PDF, 0.1MB)Wang Ban doi
  12. Formalism (PDF, 0.1MB)Roy Chan doi
  13. Friend and Enemy (PDF, 0.1MB)Michael Dutton doi
  14. Global Maoism (PDF, 0.1MB)Fabio Lanza doi
  15. Immortality (PDF, 0.1MB)Gloria Davies doi
  16. Justice (PDF, 0.1MB)William J. Hurst doi
  17. Labour (PDF, 1.2MB)Covell Meyskens doi
  18. Large and Communitarian (PDF, 0.1MB)Luigi Tomba doi
  19. Line Struggle (PDF, 0.1MB)Yoshihiro Ishikawa and Craig A. Smith doi
  20. Mass Line (PDF, 0.1MB)Lin Chun doi
  21. Mass Supervision (PDF, 0.1MB)Joel Andreas doi
  22. Mobilisation (PDF, 0.1MB)Li Zhiyu doi
  23. Museum (PDF, 0.8MB)Denise Y. Ho doi
  24. Nationality (PDF, 0.1MB)Uradyn E. Bulag doi
  25. New Democracy (PDF, 0.1MB)Marc Blecher doi
  26. Paper Tiger (PDF, 0.2MB)Judith Balso doi
  27. Peasant (PDF, 0.1MB)Alexander F. Day doi
  28. People’s War (PDF, 0.1MB)Guan Kai doi
  29. Permanent Revolution (PDF, 0.1MB)Matthew Galway doi
  30. Poetry (PDF, 0.1MB)Claudia Pozzana doi
  31. Practice (PDF, 0.1MB)Aminda Smith doi
  32. Primitive Accumulation (PDF, 0.1MB)Jane Hayward doi
  33. Rectification (PDF, 0.2MB)Andrew Mertha doi
  34. Red and Expert (PDF, 0.1MB)Sigrid Schmalzer doi
  35. Removing Mountains and Draining Seas (PDF, 0.1MB)Anna Lora-Wainwright doi
  36. Revolution (PDF, 0.1MB)Cai Xiang doi
  37. Self-reliance (PDF, 0.1MB)Yang Long doi
  38. Semifeudalism, Semicolonialism (PDF, 0.1MB)Tani Barlow doi
  39. Sending Films to the Countryside (PDF, 2.7MB)Tong Lam doi
  40. Serve the People (PDF, 0.1MB)Rebecca E. Karl doi
  41. Socialist Law (PDF, 0.1MB)Susan Trevaskes doi
  42. Speaking Bitterness (PDF, 0.1MB)Jeffrey Javed doi
  43. Sugarcoated Bullets (PDF, 0.1MB)Benjamin Kindler doi
  44. Superstition (PDF, 0.1MB)John Williams doi
  45. Surpass (PDF, 0.1MB)William A. Callahan doi
  46. Third World (PDF, 0.1MB)Teng Wei doi
  47. Thought Reform (PDF, 0.1MB)Timothy Cheek doi
  48. Trade Union (PDF, 0.2MB)Ivan Franceschini doi
  49. United Front (PDF, 0.1MB)Laura De Giorgi doi
  50. Utopia (PDF, 0.1MB)Ou Ning doi
  51. Women’s Liberation (PDF, 0.2MB)Wang Lingzhen doi
  52. Work Team (PDF, 0.1MB)Elizabeth J. Perry doi
  53. Work Unit (PDF, 0.1MB)Kevin Lin doi


‘Whether Maoist China was a “cunning of reason” to achieve nationalism through a communist strategy, or the reverse, is certainly one of the few enigmas whose resolution is truly decisive if we want to know where we stand now, in the global age of absolute capitalism and its looming crisis. It is hotly disputed. This book, to put it in Spinozian terms, does not deride or idealize: it seeks to understand. Which makes it invaluable.’
– Etienne Balibar, author of The Philosophy of Marx and Race, Nation, Class (with Immanuel Wallerstein)

Afterlives of Chinese Communism explores the key concepts of revolutionary China and how they have been repurposed in the post-socialist present. This masterful ensemble of essays challenges us to learn from China’s socialist past— its visions, accomplishments, and mistakes—as we contemplate our possible futures.’
– Gail Hershatter, University of California–Santa Cruz

Afterlives of Chinese Communism is an incredible political and historical resource as well as being an unquestionable achievement of accessible and engaged scholarship. This volume dispels the fog of Cold War infused denunciation and Western countercultural idealization of Maoism and Chinese Communism: the collective nature of its labors makes itself felt in the cross-referenced, dialogic quality of the contributions. A rigorous historiography from the Left, the authors, who range from graduate students and activists to the most accomplished scholars in the field, remain unstintingly objective, while being faithful to the political horizons of Communism on its own terms. Each contribution historicizes the CCP’s political struggles without reducing them to theoretical clichés. The volume will offer every reader a sobering, yet inspiring vision of what can be accomplished in the name of Leftism and class-based mass politics.’
– Catherine Liu, University of California–Irvine

‘This is a varied and valuable collection of short essays on words and concepts. The editors have brought together an admirably diverse set of contributors, allowing them to showcase work done in a wide range of locales and disciplines, and the result is a book that works well as both a text to read straight through and as a resource to dip into when trying to make sense of an issue, a document, or an event associated with the Mao era.’
– Jeffrey Wasserstrom, editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

‘Complete, authoritative, and clear, this masterfully selected volume should become the indispensable resource not only for scholars of modern China but also anyone interested in the global history of radical politics in the tumultuous twentieth century.’
– Yiching Wu, University of Toronto

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