The Specter of "the People": Urban Poverty in Northeast China (by Mun Young Cho)

Author(s): Mun Young Cho

Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish date: 2013-04-02
ISBN-10: 0801478642
ISBN-13: 9780801478642
Language: English
Despite massive changes to its economic policies, China continues
to define itself as socialist; since 1949 and into the present,
the Maoist slogan "Serve the People" has been a central point of
moral and political orientation. Yet several decades of
market-based reforms have resulted in high urban unemployment,
transforming the proletariat vanguard into a new urban poor. How
do unemployed workers come to terms with their split status,
economically marginalized but still rhetorically central to the
way China claims to understand itself? How does a state dedicated
to serving "the people" manage the poverty of its citizens? Mun… more…

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