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

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

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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.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesConstitution: government & the state Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 04/08/2016 ISBN-13: 9781107539822  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr is Professor of Politics at Brandeis University and a Research Affiliate at the Harvard University John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is the author of Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China (2008) and the winner of multiple international fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the United States Institute for Peace. Professor Thaxton has been a fellow at the Dartmouth College John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and a distinguished Croxton Lecturer in the Amherst College Department of Political Science.

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