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The Compelling Ideal: Thought Reform and the Prison in China, 1901-1956

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In this groundbreaking volume, based on extensive research in Chinese archives and libraries, Jan Kiely explores the pre-Communist origins of the process of systematic thought reform or reformation (ganhua) that evolved into a key component of Mao Zedongs revolutionary restructuring of Chinese society. Focusing on ganhua as it was employed in Chinas prison system, Kielys thought-provoking work brings the history of this critical phenomenon to life through the stories of individuals who conceptualized, implemented, and experienced it, and he details how these techniques were subsequently adapted for broader social and political use.

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Jan Kiely is associate professor of Chinese studies and associate director of the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He lives in Hong Kong.

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ISBN:
9780300185942
Author:
Kiely, Jan
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
China
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Crime » Prisons and Prisoners
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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
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