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Proletarian Power

Shanghai In The Cultural Revolution, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Perry, Li Xun


263 pages

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This pathbreaking book offers the first in-depth study of Chinese labor activism during the momentous upheaval of the Cultural Revolution. The authors explore three distinctive forms of working-class protest: rebellion, conservatism, and economism. Labor, they argue, was working at cross-purposes through these three modes of militancy promoted by different types of leaders with differing agendas and motivations. Drawing upon a wealth of heretofore inaccessible archival sources, the authors probe the divergent political, psychocultural, and socioeconomic strains within the Shanghai labor movement. As they convincingly illustrate, the multiplicity of worker responses to the Cultural Revolution cautions against a one-dimensional portrait of working-class politics in contemporary China.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Radical Intellectuals -- Rebels -- Conservatives -- A Cry for Justice -- Renegade Rebels -- Institutionalizing Rebel Gains -- Conclusion

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies