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The Camp

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In China studies, the notion of "camp" is evocative of reeducation through labor camps. This concept possesses also a metaphorical dimension, referring to all those forms of spatial banishment or segregation spawned by processes of exclusion. By focusing on compulsory drug rehabilitation, this chapter has surveyed the birth and development of a zone of exception. The roots of compulsory rehabilitation can be eventually traced back to the ROC, whose legal code was modeled on continental legislation.144 The story behind compulsory rehabilitation cannot be reduced to China's lack of will to reform. A complex interplay of transplanted norms and history, as well as the ideological and policy imperatives of the legal systems that received transplanted norms lie beneath the surface. Ironically, preventive safety measures transferred into the criminal legislation of the ROC from continental systems made their way first to Communist base areas and then to the PRC.

Keywords: china studies; continental legislation; criminal legislation; drug rehabilitation



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