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China and global capitalism : reflections on Marxism, history, and contemporary politics /
Lin Chun.
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New York, NY : Palgrave Pivot, 2013, c2013.
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viii, 266 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1137301252 (hardback), 9781137301253 (hardback)
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imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Pivot, 2013, c2013.
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1137301252 (hardback)
9781137301253 (hardback)
abstract
"China and Global Capitalism is a concise historical and conceptual analysis of China's position in the world. It is written from the perspective of a reconstructed Marxist conception of history. Lin Chun clarifies the evolving relationship between China and global capitalism, past, present, and possible future. Reviewing relevant debates, she offers a critical reflection on received knowledge about China and the resulting expectations and recommendations for development, all largely dependent on the standardization of capitalist trajectories. Against the historical and international background of China's revolutionary, socialist, and post-socialist transformations, this study assesses the crises of a national political economy increasingly integrated into the global market. It asks whether a renewed Chinese social model is still possible as an alternative with potentially universal implications to the eco-social impasse of standard modernization. Rejecting economically or culturally deterministic approaches, the main thesis is anchored in an argument for the centrality of transformative politics"--
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9171027
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-258) and index.
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"A ringing political manifesto for a reinvigorated socialism. Lin Chun is no starry eyed dreamer. She offers pragmatic hope, a must for our times. China and Global Capitalism calls on all of us to have a pessimism of the intellect and an optimism of the will. This book honors the legacies of China's century of revolutions, arguing that a China model - one that embraces a substantive democracy by direct producers and citizens - can still be found in the interstices of China's current momentous transformations and that it behooves all of us to embrace these legacies before they are lost." - Lisa Rofel, author of Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality and Public Culture "This is a profound, provocative, and truly inspirational book. Lin Chun's compelling 'socialist China model' is both visionary and historically grounded, universalist and locally based. It will be the only desirable and practical option for China. Anybody who is seriously interested in China and its place in the world must read this lucid and timely book --a twenty-first century Chinese communist manifesto, and a brilliant and groundbreaking contribution to ongoing global intellectual efforts to renew Marxism and reimagine socialist politics." -Yuezhi Zhao, author of Communication in China: Political Economy, Power and Conflict "Amidst all the celebratory hype about the 'China model,' readers of China and Global Capitalism will find eye-opening Lin Chun's argument that if China is to overcome its accumulating problems, and offer a genuine alternative to capitalist development, it will have to reinvent socialism drawing upon its revolutionary past. The discussion grounds China's development historically within a changing global environment. It is empowered by the author's theoretical sophistication and political engagement." - Arif Dirlik, author of Culture and History in Postrevolutionary China: The Perspective of Global Modernity "This brilliant book makes a great contribution to the historical research, theoretical exploration, and political debates surrounding China. Lin Chun locates her reflections on Marxism, history, and contemporary politics in a broad historical context, which ranges from classical questions posed by Adam Smith, Max Weber and Karl Marx to the diverse new trends of historical interpretation. Her succinct and incisive analysis offers a much-needed perspective for understanding China and theoretical discussions of global capitalism. Her re-consideration of socialist China's place within the long view of history reminds us why a period of rich creativity, however tainted by a sense of tragedy, still cannot be eluded." - Wang Hui, author of The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity
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China and Global Capitalism is a concise historical and conceptual analysis of China's position in the world. It is written from the perspective of a reconstructed Marxist conception of history. Lin Chun clarifies the evolving relationship between China and global capitalism, past, present, and possible future. Reviewing relevant debates, she offers a critical reflection on received knowledge about China and the resulting expectations and recommendations for development, all largely dependent on the standardization of capitalist trajectories. Against the historical and international background of China's revolutionary, socialist, and post-socialist transformations, this study assesses the crises of a national political economy increasingly integrated into the global market. It asks whether a renewed Chinese social model is still possible as an alternative with potentially universal implications to the eco-social impasse of standard modernization. Rejecting economically or culturally deterministic approaches, the main thesis of the book is anchored in an argument for the centrality of transformative politics.

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