In an era of generalized depoliticization in China, what is the nature of critical practice, and what constraints does it face? Many on the Chinese left have seen in the history and practice of the Chinese Revolution, and in the stated values of the Chinese Communist Party, a space for critique of capitalism as practiced in China. There are dangers, however, in getting too close to the party-state. The creation of critical space in China is an ongoing and complex process.

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