Reviews and Table of Contents
"These essays weave a richly textured fabric from past and present, showing the strands that link the Tiananmen protests with the cultural repertory of politics in modern China. From the Goddess of Democracy to the Tang Dynasty rock band, from the political theater of protest to the siren call of revolution, here is the poignance and complexity of what China-and so many other countries-are up against in re-forming their political culture at the end of the twentieth century. A book to read and to learn from."
Praise for the first edition:
"This collection, from a galaxy of prominent American academics, provides much-needed perspective on the popular protests of 1989. Each of the chapters is intriguing in its own terms."
"This is the best attempt I have seen so far to root the Chinese tragedies of 1989 in a broad historical context."
Jonathan D. Spence, Yale University
"Excellent engages [the concept of political culture] in new and extremely fruitful ways."
Political Science Quarterly
"A major contribution to knowledge and an exceptionally stimulating collection of quality essays."
American Historical Review
"Useful and provocative reading for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates alike."
Journal of Asian Studies
This innovative and widely praised volume uses the dramatic occupation of Tiananmen Square as the foundation for rethinking the cultural dimensions of Chinese politics. Now in a revised and expanded second edition, the book includes enhanced coverage of key issues, such as the political dimensions of popular culture (addressed in a new chapter on Chinese rock-and-roll by Andrew Jones) and the struggle for control of public discourse in the post-1989 era (discussed in a new chapter by Tony Saich). Two especially valuable additions to the second edition are art historian Tsao Tsing-yuan's eyewitness account of the making of the Goddess of Democracy, and an exposition of Chinese understandings of the term "revolution" contributed by Liu Xiaobo, one of China's most controversial dissident intellectuals. The volume also includes an analysis (by noted social theorist and historical sociologist Craig C. Calhoun) of the similarities and differences between the "new" social movements of recent decades and the "old" social movements of earlier eras. To facilitate classroom use, the volume has been reorganized into groups of interrelated essays. The editors introduce each section and offer a list of suggested readings that complement the material in that section.
Contributors: Craig C. Calhoun, Timothy Cheek, Daniel Chirot, Joseph W. Esherick, Lee Feigon, Andrew F. Jones, Liu Xiaobo, Stephen R. MacKinnon, Elizabeth J. Perry, Tony Saich, Vera Schwarcz, Tsao Tsing-yuan, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Ernest P. Young.
Introduction: Chinese Political Culture Revisited , Elizabeth J. Perry
Imagining the Ancien Régime in the Deng Era , Ernest P. Young
Acting Out Democracy: Political Theater in Modern China , Joseph W. Esherick and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
CLASS, GENDER, AND IDENTITY: 1989 AS A SOCIAL MOVEMENT
Casting a Chinese "Democracy" Movement: The Roles of Students, Workers, and Entrepreneurs , E. J. Perry
Science, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity , Craig C. Calhoun
Gender and the Chinese Student Movement , Lee Feigon
POPULAR CULTURE AND THE POLITICS OF ART
The Birth of the Goddess of Democracy , Tsao Tsing-yuan
Politics and Popular Music in Post-Tiananmen China , Andrew F. Jones
CULTURAL DILEMMAS AND POLITICAL ROLES OF THE INTELLIGENTSIA
Memory and Commemoration: The Chinese Search for a Livable Past , Vera Schwarcz
From Priests to Professionals: Intellectuals and the State Under the CCP , Timothy Cheek
The Role of the Chinese and U.S. Media , Stephen R. MacKinnon
STATE POWER AND LEGITIMACY
What Happened in Eastern Europe in 1989? , Daniel Chirot
Discos and Dictatorship: Party-State and Society Relations in the People's Republic of China , Tony Saich
HISTORICAL NARRATIVES AND KEY WORDS DECONSTRUCTED
History, Myth, and the Tales of Tiananmen , J. N. Wasserstrom
That Holy Word, "Revolution" , Liu Xiaobo
Postscript: April 1994 , J. N. Wasserstrom
A NOTE TO TEACHERS
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is associate professor of history at Indiana University. Elizabeth J. Perry is professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley.
1994; 350 pages (notes, index); 0-8133-2042-9, $77.50, £54.50, hc; 0-8133-2043-7, $22.95, £15.95, pb; Rights: world; Politics in Asia & the Pacific series
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