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- DescriptionThis book offers the first detailed study of the essential relationship between thought reform and the dangerous classes -the prostitutes, beggars, petty criminals, and other lumpenproletarians the Communists saw as a threat to society and the revolution. Aminda Smith takes readers inside early-PRC reformatories, where the new state endeavored to transform vagrants into members of the laboring masses. As places where the people were literally created, these centers became testing grounds for rapidly changing ideas and experiments about thought reform and the subjects they produced. Smith explores reformatories as institutions dedicated to molding new socialist citizens and as symbolic spaces in which internees, cadres, and the ordinary masses made sense of what it meant to be a member of the people in the People's Republic. Drawing on extensive, previously unavailable source material, she offers convincing answers to much-debated questions about the development and future of Chinese political culture.
- Author BiographyAminda M. Smith is assistant professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University.
- Author(s)Aminda M. Smith
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication13/12/2012
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleAsia/Pacific/Perspectives
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Weight476 g
- Width159 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine22 mm
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