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China and the New Maoists
Author: Kerry Brown

ISBN: 9781783607594
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 15 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
Description:
Forty years after his death, Mao remains a totemic, if divisive, figure in contemporary China. He retains an immense symbolic importance within China's national mythology even though the rise of a capitalist economy has seen the ruling class become increasingly ambivalent and contradictory in their attitudes towards him and his legacy. Despite his highly visible presence in Chinese public life, however, his enduring influence has so far been little understood in the West.

In China and the New Maoists, the authors seek to change that, by closely examining the vocal figures in China today who claim to be the true ideological heirs to Mao, from academics to activists. They also explore efforts by the state to draw on Mao's image as a source of legitimacy even as the state attempts to control and sanitize his influence. Featuring interviews with many key proponents of the new Maoism movement, including those involved in the rise of cyber-activism and the wider protest movement in China, China and the New Maoists provides an insightful, on-the-ground look at the current social and ideological pulse of China. The battle for Mao's historical legacy will likely play ...

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