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China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review (review)

China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review (review) Reviews 373 reviews Thomas Barret, editor. China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1996. vi, 257 pp. Hardcover, ISBN 0­391­09323­7. From 1978, when the move toward market-oriented policies in China was officially undertaken, until June 4, 1989, there was considerable excitement generated in intellectual and activist circles about the possibility of linking China's economic reforms with the goal of democratization. Since that day there has been considerably less optimism about such a prospect. The general trend in the literature on the problem of constructing democracy in China is to blame the lack of democracy on the legacy of Marxism in China and to see Marxism as one of the main barriers, if not the main barrier, to such a project. China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review (hereafter CMD) departs from the mainstream determinist linkage of Marxism and anti-democratic forms of political-economic governance. Instead, it asks a much more theoretically coherent research question, namely how has the departure of the Chinese Revolution from the Marxist goal of a society in which working people could directly control the institutions (e.g., factories, banks, schools, and housing) that affect their fates derailed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review (review)

China Review International , Volume 6 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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Reviews 373 reviews Thomas Barret, editor. China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1996. vi, 257 pp. Hardcover, ISBN 0­391­09323­7. From 1978, when the move toward market-oriented policies in China was officially undertaken, until June 4, 1989, there was considerable excitement generated in intellectual and activist circles about the possibility of linking China's economic reforms with the goal of democratization. Since that day there has been considerably less optimism about such a prospect. The general trend in the literature on the problem of constructing democracy in China is to blame the lack of democracy on the legacy of Marxism in China and to see Marxism as one of the main barriers, if not the main barrier, to such a project. China, Marxism, and Democracy: Selections from October Review (hereafter CMD) departs from the mainstream determinist linkage of Marxism and anti-democratic forms of political-economic governance. Instead, it asks a much more theoretically coherent research question, namely how has the departure of the Chinese Revolution from the Marxist goal of a society in which working people could directly control the institutions (e.g., factories, banks, schools, and housing) that affect their fates derailed

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