Immoral Politics

Xin Liu

in In One's Own Shadow

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219939
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923478 | DOI:
Immoral Politics

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This chapter deals with politics, particularly with some cumbersome efforts made by the local authorities trying to reintroduce political struggles of the Maoist kind in the 1990s. Focusing on the implementation of birth control policies and an unsuccessful attempt to carry out a “second socialist education movement” in the early 1990s, it argues that the Maoist political ground has collapsed. The infrastructure necessary to support that form of politics no longer exists, even though political slogans of the Maoist variety may still have currency. In the last decade of twentieth-century China, people witnessed the emergence of a new type of subject, who stood for the “backward otherness” created by and in the modernizing process. Yet these new subjects, who were always in the shadow of development, represent a negation of the Maoist revolution.

Keywords: rural Shaanxi; Maoist politics; birth control policy; modernization; Chinese modernity

Chapter.  9788 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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