Paper $20.95 ISBN: 9781783607594 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607600 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only

China and the New Maoists

Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen

China and the New Maoists

Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen

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150 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $20.95 ISBN: 9781783607594 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607600 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Forty years after his death, Mao remains a totemic, if divisive, figure in contemporary China. He retains an immense symbolic importance within China’s national mythology even though the rise of a capitalist economy has seen the ruling class become increasingly ambivalent and contradictory in their attitudes towards him and his legacy. Despite his highly visible presence in Chinese public life, however, his enduring influence has so far been little understood in the West.
 
In China and the New Maoists, the authors seek to change that, by closely examining the vocal figures in China today who claim to be the true ideological heirs to Mao, from academics to activists. They also explore efforts by the state to draw on Mao’s image as a source of legitimacy even as the state attempts to control and sanitize his influence. Featuring interviews with many key proponents of the new Maoism movement, including those involved in the rise of cyber-activism and the wider protest movement in China, China and the New Maoists provides an insightful, on-the-ground look at the current social and ideological pulse of China.
 
The battle for Mao’s historical legacy will likely play a crucial role in determining China’s political future, and this book provides a fascinating portrait of a country undergoing dramatic upheavals while still struggling to come to terms with its past.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Tale of the Victim, Zhang Zhixin
2. The Chairman’s Life After Death
3. Defender of the Faith: Deng Liqun and Leftism
4. Maoism in Motion: The Red Campaign of Bo Xilai in Chongqing
5. Blurred Lines: Map, the CPC and Chinese Society Today
6. Mad About Mao
Conclusions: Mao’s Second Coming
Selected Reading
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Wall Street Journal
“Brown and van Nieuwenhuizen don’t mince words. . . . As the authors write, if ‘the Party continues to glorify Mao’s rule and brush over his tragic policy failures and dangerous unpredictability, Maoists are likely to continue to develop and flourish in China.’ If the past is any guide, their decisions are very likely to be the wrong ones, far more than 30% of the time.”
Julia Lovell, author of The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China
“An extraordinarily concise, informative and insightful account of the legacies of Mao Zedong for contemporary China. Brown and van Nieuwenhuizen approach this complex and contentious subject with enviable clarity and range, moving fluently and authoritatively between first-hand testimony and erudite analysis. They have written an essential guide to one of the key political, cultural, social and economic conundrums of China today.”
Andrew G. Walder, author of China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed
“The resurgence of neo-Maoism in China is by turns fascinating, puzzling, and disturbing. China and the New Maoists is a lucid and absorbing account of the Party’s fumbling attempts, in the authors’ words, to ‘extricate itself from the quagmire of neo-Maoism.’”
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