One can indeed say that political reform has been visited upon China. It came, however, not in the form of an institutional transformation of the state-based political system … but in a far subtler yet profoundly life-transforming manner. No longer are people enthralled by the political, or even intimidated by it.
The Mao® Industry
Michael Dutton is an associate professor in political science at the University of Melbourne. He is the author most recently of Streetlife China (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Policing Chinese Politics: A History (Duke University Press, forthcoming, 2005). He is also the coeditor of the journal Postcolonial Studies.
Michael Dutton; The Mao® Industry. Current History 1 September 2004; 103 (674): 268–272. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2004.103.674.268
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