Thought reform and China's dangerous classes reeducation, resistance, and the people

Smith, Aminda M., 1973-

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  • Creator Aminda M. Smith
  • Format Books
  • Publication Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2013.
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (233 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781442218390, 1442218398, 9781283855556, 1283855550
  • OCLC ocn823577493


  • This book offers the first detailed study of the essential relationship between thought reform and the "dangerous classes"-the prostitutes, beggars, petty criminals, and other "lumpenproletarians" the Communists saw as a threat to society and the revolution. Aminda Smith takes readers inside early-PRC reformatories, where the new state endeavored to transform "vagrants" into members of the laboring masses. As places where "the people" were literally created, these centers became testing grounds for rapidly changing ideas and experiments about thought reform and the subjects t


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter One: Finding a Place for the Lumpenproletariat; Chapter Two: The People versus Their Enemies; Chapter Three: The Curriculum of Consciousness Raising; Chapter Four: The Laboring Masses; Chapter Five: The People Stand Up; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
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