Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification

Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification

by Eddy U

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Creating the Intellectual redefines how we understand relations between intellectuals and the Chinese socialist revolution of the last century. Under the Chinese Communist Party, “the intellectual” was first and foremost a widening classification of individuals based on Marxist thought. The party turned revolutionaries and otherwise ordinary people into subjects identified as usable but untrustworthy intellectuals, an identification that profoundly affected patterns of domination, interaction, and rupture within the revolutionary enterprise. Drawing on a wide range of data, Eddy U takes the reader on a journey that examines political discourses, revolutionary strategies, rural activities, urban registrations, workplace arrangements, organized protests, and theater productions. He lays out in colorful detail the formation of new identities, forms of organization, and associations in Chinese society. The outcome is a compelling picture of the mutual constitution of the intellectual and the Chinese socialist revolution, the legacy of which still affects ways of seeing, thinking, acting, and feeling in what is now a globalized China.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520303690
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eddy U is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Disorganizing China: Counter-Bureaucracy and the Decline of Socialism.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

1. Reexamining the Intellectual and Chinese Communism
2. The Birth of a Classification
3. Visible Subjects in the Countryside
4. The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of a Registration Drive
5. Classification and Organization in a School System
6. An Open Struggle of Redefinition
7. Ugly
Intellectuals Everywhere
8. The Intellectual and Chinese Society: From Past to Present

Character Glossary


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