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Getting peasants organised : peasants, the Communist-party and village organisations in Northwest China, 1934-45

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dc.contributor.author Keating, Pauline B.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-24T01:13:56Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-06T22:20:46Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-24T01:13:56Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-06T22:20:46Z
dc.date.copyright 1998
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18817
dc.description.abstract Organising peasants was a Chinese Communist strategy for 'democratising' rural China. In the view of most western historians, the Communists’ grassroots organisations have been the means through which a hegemonising Partystate penetrated rural society to an extent that no state power in China has done before. This paper argues that, if 'democracy' is understood as community activism arising from a measure of local autonomy, there is not necessarily a contradiction between the goals of democratisation and overall state control at the national level. The paper makes a close study of the Communists’ rural organisational work in northwest China in the early 1940s for the purpose of demonstrating the dynamic interplay between the two goals. And it draws three broad conclusions: first, that getting peasants organised was very difficult, and many of the early grassroots organisations failed; second, that local conditions largely determined whether village democracy ever made it to the starter’s block; and third, that farmer mutualaid teams in districts close to Yan’an city serve as the best examples of the autonomycontrol dynamic at work. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Asian Studies Institute working paper en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries 3 en_NZ
dc.subject Communist en_NZ
dc.subject China en_NZ
dc.subject democracy en_NZ
dc.title Getting peasants organised : peasants, the Communist-party and village organisations in Northwest China, 1934-45 en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Languages and Cultures en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 470202 Asian cultural studies en_NZ

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