Class and Social Stratification in Post-Revolution China

Class and Social Stratification in Post-Revolution China

by James L. Watson
     
 

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This 1984 book deals with those social transformations which occurred in Chinese society since the revolution in 1949. During the 1950s the Chinese Communist Party introduced a rigid system of class labels (e.g. landlord, rich peasant, middle peasant, landless labourer) based on pre-revolutionary notions of exploitation and property ownership. The class label

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This 1984 book deals with those social transformations which occurred in Chinese society since the revolution in 1949. During the 1950s the Chinese Communist Party introduced a rigid system of class labels (e.g. landlord, rich peasant, middle peasant, landless labourer) based on pre-revolutionary notions of exploitation and property ownership. The class label system was a source of much social discontent during the 1960s and mid-1970s; the official use of labels ceased by the time of this book's publication, but the effects of the system are still felt by millions of Chinese. The book will be of interest to a wide range of readers, not just those who specialise in Chinese social history. Contributors include two anthropologists, one historian, three political scientists, and three sociologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521143844
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Series:
Contemporary China Institute Publications Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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