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From comrade to citizen : the struggle for political rights in China /
Merle Goldman.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, c2005.
viii, 286 p.
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Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, c2005.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-03-01:
This meticulously documented and well-supported volume by Goldman (Boston Univ.) details both individual acts of citizenship and the group articulation and assertion of political rights in post-Mao China. The book (introduction, eight chapters, and an epilogue) describes how China is following its own unique path toward political change, and why this could produce profound social changes similar to what occurred in Eastern Europe. Chapter 1 examines the 1978-79 Democracy Wall Movement. Chapters 2 and 3 are devoted to the first nonofficial social science think tank in Beijing and unofficial political movements. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 deal with ideological diversity both inside and outside the establishment, activities of the liberal intellectuals and political activists, and the birth and growth of the China Democracy Party. Chapters 7 and 8 discuss the development of citizenship through cyberspace and the growing rights-consciousness in the populace. Goldman believes that China is undergoing real change as regards the relationship between citizens and the state in the post-Mao era. According to the author, "the transition from comrade to citizen in the People's Republic of China has begun." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduate through research collections. S. K. Ma California State University, Los Angeles
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Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: From Comrades to Citizens in the Post-Mao Erap. 1
Democracy Wall: The First Assertion of Political Rights in the Post-Mao Erap. 25
The Establishment of an Independent Political Organization in the 1980s: Beijing Social and Economic Sciences Research Institutep. 51
The Emergence of Unofficial Political Movements in the 1990sp. 68
Ideological Diversity Challenges the Partyp. 95
The Flowering of Liberalism, 1997-1998p. 128
The Establishment of an Alternative Political Party: The China Democracy Partyp. 161
Citizenship Extends into Cyberspace despite Repressionp. 183
The Expansion of Rights Consciousnessp. 201
Epilogue: Redefinition of Chinese Citizenship on the Eve of the Twenty-first Centuryp. 224
Notesp. 237
Indexp. 271
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