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Rediscovering chinese society in the socialist era: Using The past to serve the present

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Sociologists who specialize in China focus almost all of their research attention on the here and now. As is well known, urban people during the Maoist period were enveloped by their work units. These provided lifelong employment, accommodation, and for better or worse, political study, because they were also political communities. This chapter focuses on the social history of a factory, the quintessential urban work unit, and attempts to show the relevance of such research for understanding the attitudes and worldviews of employees today. Briefly stated, the message that the older employees and the retirees derive today from their conception of the past is that for decades they had served loyally, had endured the hardships of poverty, and had engaged in bone-jarring labour to build up the enterprise. It is observed in the chapter that they hold to a type of "moral economy" perspective of their past and present.

Keywords: China; enterprise; Maoist period; moral economy; political communities; urban people



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