From Comrade To Citizen

From Comrade To Citizen

by Merle Goldman
     
 

ISBN-10: 067402544X

ISBN-13: 9780674025448

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

A leading scholar of China's modern political development examines the changing relationship between the Chinese people and the state. Correcting the conventional view of China as having instituted extraordinary economic changes but having experienced few political reforms in the post-Mao period, Merle Goldman details efforts by individuals and groups to assert

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A leading scholar of China's modern political development examines the changing relationship between the Chinese people and the state. Correcting the conventional view of China as having instituted extraordinary economic changes but having experienced few political reforms in the post-Mao period, Merle Goldman details efforts by individuals and groups to assert their political rights.

China's move to the market and opening to the outside world have loosened party controls over everyday life and led to the emergence of ideological diversity. Starting in the 1980s, multi-candidate elections for local officials were held, and term limits were introduced for communist party leaders. Establishment intellectuals who have broken away from party patronage have openly criticized government policies. Those intellectuals outside the party structures, because of their participation in the Cultural Revolution or the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, have organized petitions, published independent critiques, formed independent groups, and even called for a new political system.

Despite the party's repeated attempts to suppress these efforts, awareness about political rights has been spreading among the general population. Goldman emphasizes that these changes do not guarantee movement toward democracy, but she sees them as significant and genuine advances in the assertion of political rights in China.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674025448
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction: From Comrades to Citizens in the Post-Mao Era

1 Democracy Wall: The First Assertion of Political Rights in the Post-Mao Era

2 The Establishment of an Independent Political Organization in the 1980s: The Social and Economic Research Institute

3 The Emergence of Unofficial Political Movements in the 1990s

4 Ideological Diversity Challenges the Party

5 The Flowering of Liberalism, 1997-1998

6 The Establishment of an Alternative Political Party: The China Democracy Party

7 Citizenship Extends into Cyberspace despite Repression

8 The Expansion of Rights Consciousness

Epilogue: Redefinition of Chinese Citizenship on the Eve of the Twenty-first Century

Notes

Index

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