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The Power of Tiananmen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement

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In the spring of 1989 over 100,000 students in Beijing initiated the largest student revolt in human history. Television screens across the world filled with searing images from Tiananmen Square of protesters thronging the streets, massive hunger strikes, tanks set ablaze, and survivors tending to the dead and wounded after a swift and brutal government crackdown.

Dingxin Zhao's award-winning The Power of Tiananmen is the definitive treatment of these historic events. Along with grassroots tales and interviews with the young men and women who launched the demonstrations, Zhao carries out a penetrating analysis of the many parallel changes in China's state-society relations during the 1980s. Such changes prepared an alienated academy, gave rise to ecology-based student mobilization, restricted government policy choices, and shaped student emotions and public opinion, all of which, Zhao argues, account for the tragic events in Tiananmen.

About the Author

Dingxin Zhao is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Charles Tilly

Preface

Chronology

Introduction

Part 1. The Origin of the 1989 Student Movement

1. Chinas State-Society Relations and Their Changes during the 1980s

2. Intellectual Elites and the 1989 Movement

3. Economic Reform, University Expansion, and Student Discontents

4. The Decline of the System for Controlling Students in Universities

5. On the Eve of the 1989 Movement

Part 2. The Development of the 1989 Movement

6. A Brief History of the 1989 Movement

7. State Behaviors and Movement Development

8. Ecology-Based Mobilization and Movement Dynamics

9. State-Society Relations and the Discourses and Activities of a Movement

10. The State, Movement Communication, and the Construction of Public Opinion

Conclusion

Appendix 1: A Methodological Note

Appendix 2: Interview Questions

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226982618
Author:
Zhao, Dingxin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones, 3 maps, 16 tables
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » China » Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General

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