1st Edition

The Rustication of Urban Youth in China
A Social Experiment

Edited By

Peter J. Seybolt

ISBN 9781138191945
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
234 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

In the 1960s and 70s, the government of China conducted a rather unusual social experiment called ‘Up to the mountains and down to the village’ which sent urban youths to the countryside in an attempt to reverse the flow of the rural population migrating to towns and cities as was generally occurring in other parts of the world at that time. Originally published in 1975, Seybolt draws together a compilation of documents discussing the project which sent roughly 12 million urban youths to settle in the countryside in the years 1968-1975 alone. The documents discuss issues such as university, love and marriage as well as the details of the experiment. This title will be of interest to students of sociology, anthropology and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

 Preface;  Introduction;  1. Make Progress in Doing a Good Job with Educated Youths who have Gone up to the Mountains and down to the Countryside  2. The Great Task of Cultivating Successors to the Proletarian Revolutionary Cause  3. The Placement is Good, the Education is Good, the Utilization is Good  4. Erh-shih-Chia-tzu Commune is doing a Good Job with Educated Youths who have Gone Down to the Countryside  5. Hung-Ch’i Brigade is concerned about all Aspects of the Growth of Educated Youths who have Gone down to the Countryside  6. Full Enthusiasm, Careful Work  7. How We Cultivated the Growth of Hou Chun under the Leadership of the Party  8. Consolidate and Develop the Great Achievements of Educated Youths who have gone up to the Mountains and down to the Countryside  9. Important Content of the Revolution in Education  10. As the Party Nurtured Me, So Will I Nurture the Educated Youths  11. Teaching by Word and Deed, Lead the New Troops Well  12. On the Question of Teaching our Sons and Daughters to go down to the Countryside to Engage in Agriculture  13. The Deputy Commander Teaches his Daughter to Engage in Agriculture;  Appendix;  Glossary;  About the Contributors

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