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China's Sent-Down Generation: Public Administration and the Legacies of Mao's Rustication Program

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ISBN: 9781589019874
Author(s): Helena K. Rene
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Dimensions: 154 x 229 x 16 (w x l x h)
Pages: 229
Series: Public Management and Change

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During China's Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao Zedong's 'rustication program' resettled 17 million urban youths, known as 'sent downs,' to the countryside for manual labor and socialist reeducation. This book, the most comprehensive study of the program to be published in either English or Chinese to date, examines the mechanisms and dynamics of state craft in China, from the rustication program's inception in 1968 to its official termination in 1980 and actual completion in the 1990s. Rustication, in the ideology of Mao's peasant-based revolution, formed a critical component of the Cultural Revolution's larger attack on bureaucrats, capitalists, the intelligentsia, and 'degenerative' urban life. This book assesses the program's origins, development, organization, implementation, performance, and public administrative consequences. It was the defining experience for many Chinese born between 1949 and 1962, and many of China's contemporary leaders went through the rustication program.
The author explains the lasting impact of the rustication program on China's contemporary administrative culture, for example, showing how and why bureaucracy persisted and even grew stronger during the wrenching chaos of the Cultural Revolution. She also focuses on the special difficulties female sent-downs faced in terms of work, pr
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