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.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition -- A Note to Teachers -- Introduction: Chinese Political Culture Revisited -- General Frameworks -- Imagining the Ancien Régime in the Deng Era -- Acting Out Democracy: Political Theater In Modern China -- Class, Gender, and Identity: 1989 as A Social Movement -- Casting A Chinese "Democracy" Movement: The Roles of Students, Workers, and Entrepreneurs -- Science, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity -- Gender and the Chinese Student Movement -- Popular Culture and The Politics of Art -- The Birth of the Goddess of Democracy -- The Politics of Popular Music in Post-Tiananmen China -- Cultural Dilemmas and Political Roles of the Intelligentsia -- Memory and Commemoration: the Chinese Search for a Livable Past -- From Priests to Professionals: Intellectuals and the State Under the CCP -- The Role of the Chinese and U.S. Media -- State Power and Legitimacy -- What Happened in Eastern Europe in 1989? -- Discos and Dictatorship: Party-State and Society Relations in the People's Republic of China -- Historical Narratives and Key Words Deconstructed -- History, Myth, and the Tales of Tiananmen -- That Holy Word, "Revolution" -- Postscript: April 1994