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Chen Village Under Mao & Deng, Expanded & Updated Editionby Anita Chan
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Chen Village, the enthralling account of a Chinese village in the throes of the Maoist revolution, has become a modern classic. Now the authors have returned to Chen Village to bring the village's tumultuous story up to the nineties. Chen Village Under Mao and Deng includes not only the bulk of the original text of Chen Village, but also three new chapters on village life under Deng: gripping descriptions of the village leader's purge, the rapid industrialization of the district, an alienated "lost generation" of young peasants, and the new village officials' legal and illegal efforts at self-enrichment. Readers who enjoyed Chen Village will be doubly fascinated by the ironic twists and turns of recent events among the Chens.
The first two editions of Chen Village presented an enthralling account of a Chinese village in the throes of Maoist revolution followed by dramatic changes in village life and local politics during the Deng Xiaoping period. Now, more than a decade and a half later, the authors have returned to Chen Village, and in three new chapters they explore astonishing developments. The once-backwater village is today a center of China's export industry, where more than 50,000 workers labor in modern factories, ruled by the village government. This new edition of Chen Village illuminates, in microcosm, the recent history of rural China up to the present time.
About the Author
Anita Chan is a sociologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Jonathan Unger is a sociologist and head of the Contemporary China Centre at the Australian National University.
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