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Model Workers in China, 1949-1965

Constructing A New Citizen, 1st Edition

By James Farley


256 pages

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pub: 2019-06-27
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Seismic changes in ideology and economic policy in China followed the death of Mao Zedong but one aspect of culture has remained constant. The use of ‘Model Workers’ in both a political and commercial context continues to thrive in China and although the messages they promote have largely changed, their continued use indicates the extent to which they are believed to be an effective form of persuasion. Model Workers were deployed at key points in China’s recent history and served to embody the Party’s vision of the ideal Chinese citizen as they attempted to reshape the nation following a, ‘century of humiliation,’ a ruinous war with Japan and a divisive civil war.

This volume utilises the detailed analysis of posters, cinema, and translations of related propaganda interviews and articles to explore the extent of the influence of the Model Worker propaganda on national policy.

Table of Contents



  1. The Model Worker: Origins
  2. The Model Worker in Action: Propaganda Campaigns, 1949-1957

  4. The Model Worker in Crisis: Propaganda Campaigns, 1957-1964
  5. Constructing the Model Worker in post-1949 Chinese cinema

  7. A Multimedia Campaign, Post-1949 Poster Propaganda and the Model Worker





About the Author

James Farley is an expert in the field of propaganda and modern Chinese history and holds a PhD from the University of Kent, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century