Cultural Revolution in China's Schools

Cultural Revolution in China's Schools

May 1966-April 1969

Author: Julia Kwong
ISBN: 978-0-8179-8642-1
Publication Date: 3/1/1988
Pages: 200

This important book explores the early years of the Cultural Revolution in China's schools, from the mobilization stage through the development of factionalism and the takeover of education by workers and peasants.

Kwong analyzes the relations between educational organizations and the larger society that made these developments possible. She targets factionalism and a lack of concrete goals as key factors that undermined the students' movement, which had originally aimed at drawing Chinese society closer to socialist ideals. Kwong supports the argument that revolutions occur when established institutions of social control are dismantled and no conventional and peaceful means to settle disputes exists. In a clear and logical sequence, she traces the path of revolution and its eventual failure, illustrating the fragmentation of the revolutionary movement and the creation of a power vacuum.

Asian scholars, journalists, and multinational business firms will find this book invaluable.

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Julia Kwong

Julia Kwong is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She attended universities in Hong Kong and Canada and received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Dr. kwong has authored numerous books, articles, and conference papers about China, Chinese education, and the Cultural Revolution.

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