This book, first published in 1985, considers the state of Marxist thought in China at the time, a time when the country’s leadership appeared more concerned with attaining modernisation and economic development than Marxist theory. It considers the problems that Chinese Marxist intellectuals were facing and relates them to the actions of the political leadership. The Gang of Four, their ‘utopianism’ and ‘dogmatism’ had been denounced and this book argues that rather than being in retreat, Chinese Marxism was in fact enjoying a productive period.
1. Marxist Theory and Socialist Transitions: The Construction of an Epistemological Relation Michael Dutton and Paul Healey 2. C.C.P. Ideology Since the Third Plenum Michael Sullivan 3. Undeveloped Socialism and Intensive Development Bill Brugger 4. Economic Reform, Legitimacy, Efficiency and Rationality Kate Hannan 5. The Socialist Transition and the Socialist Mode of Production Greg McCarthy 6. The Law of the Value Debate: A Tribute to the Late Sun Yefang Steve Reglar