Class Formation and the Labour Movement in Revolutionary China

Title:
Class Formation and the Labour Movement in Revolutionary China
Authors:
Blecher, Marc J.
Abstract:
During the first half-century since its birth at the turn of the twentieth century, the Chinese working class responded to the shocks of early industrialization with impressive organizational virtuosity and political ferocity. In factories and cities, it mounted a fairly steady drumbeat of resistance to capital and its political allies – a somewhat surprising development for a class that was short on some of the key prerequisites highlighted by Marxist theory such as social homogeneity, developed class consciousness, and short-term economic crisis. Yet it could organize on regional or national scales only in the early and mid-1920s and the late 1940s, when the Communist Party was able to provide organization, coördination and leadership for working class revolutionary politics. Thus it never achieved hegemony within China’s revolution. Both the local strength and wider weakness of China’s proletariat stem from its complex pattern of class formation.
Citation:
Blecher, Marc. "Class Formation and the Labour Movement in Revolutionary China." In Marxism and Social Movements, edited by Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky and Alf Nilsen, 147-166. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
Publisher:
Brill
DATE ISSUED:
2013
Department:
Politics; East Asian Studies
Type:
Book, section
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1163/9789004251434_008
Notes:
Chapter 2
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309698

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dc.contributor.authorBlecher, Marc J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:15:33Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:15:33Zen
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.citationBlecher, Marc. "Class Formation and the Labour Movement in Revolutionary China." In Marxism and Social Movements, edited by Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky and Alf Nilsen, 147-166. Leiden: Brill, 2013.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309698en
dc.description.abstractDuring the first half-century since its birth at the turn of the twentieth century, the Chinese working class responded to the shocks of early industrialization with impressive organizational virtuosity and political ferocity. In factories and cities, it mounted a fairly steady drumbeat of resistance to capital and its political allies – a somewhat surprising development for a class that was short on some of the key prerequisites highlighted by Marxist theory such as social homogeneity, developed class consciousness, and short-term economic crisis. Yet it could organize on regional or national scales only in the early and mid-1920s and the late 1940s, when the Communist Party was able to provide organization, coördination and leadership for working class revolutionary politics. Thus it never achieved hegemony within China’s revolution. Both the local strength and wider weakness of China’s proletariat stem from its complex pattern of class formation.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherBrillen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1163/9789004251434_008en
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.subject.departmentEast Asian Studiesen_US
dc.titleClass Formation and the Labour Movement in Revolutionary Chinaen_US
dc.typeBook, sectionen_US
dc.description.notesChapter 2en_US
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