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positions (2021) 29 (4): 895–906.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Jan Kiely Copyright 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 This has been an unusual experience. As an outsider to the PRC History Group and an anonymous reviewer, I had not expected to be invited to add this commentary at the last minute. How could I say no? Aminda Smith, Fabio Lanza...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 835–868.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Matthew D. Johnson Abstract This article describes the US origins of the field of PRC history. It argues that research on PRC history is widely derived from an approach to knowledge that predates area studies: the theory that societies can be controlled and changed through the transformation...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 689–718.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Jeremy Brown Abstract The history of the People's Republic of China is now an established discipline, with a built-in theoretical framework—aspirational socialism—and a first draft written by social scientists. The growth of the field of PRC history has been aided by an avalanche of unique...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 659–674.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Aminda Smith Copyright 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered. All rights reserved. Good PRC history is left history. But hear me out. I do not mean that all good PRC historians are leftist...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 783–807.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Aminda Smith Abstract The first rule of PRC history might be “Never take the Chinese Communists at their word.” Early observers praised the CCP, but by the 1990s there was broad disillusionment among China scholars who increasingly believed that observable realities contradicted official claims...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 675–688.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Not surprisingly, three of the articles in this issue, by Jake Werner, Covell Meyskens, and Matthew Johnson, all deal with the long-standing ideological premises that still influence the study of PRC history. The first major critique to the Cold War–era field of China studies, its practices, the knowledge...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 759–782.
Published: 01 November 2021
... government propaganda. What then constitutes good sources for the study of PRC history? For many historians, archival documents continue to represent the gold standard (see, e.g., Dikötter 2011 ). Others have questioned the sanctity of the archive and instead collect materials from flea markets...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 719–758.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Several years ago Elizabeth Perry ( 2016 : 116) chided members of the emerging field of early PRC history for failing “to engage seriously with the big questions.” According to Perry, “Intoxicated by the wealth of newly discovered sources that allow for the investigation of everyday life, they accept...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 869–894.
Published: 01 November 2021
... to investigate the emergence of categories and social forms from the real material limits and tendencies of a rapidly changing PRC society. Copyright 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 production social reproduction everyday life rural China theory/history Historians have crossed over the 1949...
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positions (2020) 28 (3): 603–630.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of identification and inspira- tion for what might be considered a derivative discourse to, by the 1960s, a visual representation of the beginning of a new world history led by Mao Zedong, the CCP, and the PRC. This internalization or some might say sinification or indigenization was part of the process...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 809–834.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Press 2021 political economy PRC history socialist development state capitalism Cold War If someone publicly declares today that China failed to develop under Mao Zedong, there is typically little need for explanation since this viewpoint accords with popular understandings of the history...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 739–771.
Published: 01 November 2019
... the PRC’s sixtieth anniversary. It asks who is included and excluded in these visions of China’s rise? How does China domestically refract insecurity from experiences of a colonial world order that constructs it as inferior? The event tells a story of the history and future of a powerful rising state...
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positions (1998) 6 (1): 239–251.
Published: 01 February 1998
...Wang Hui Copyright © 1998 by Duke University Press 1998 Commenta ry PRC Cultural Studies and Cultural Criticism in the 1990s Wang Hui In September of 1994, under the sponsorship of Dushu IReading] magazine, a conference was held in Beijing...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 321–346.
Published: 01 May 2009
... in this fever are significantly differ- ent. In the past, people who went to the PRC were mostly businessmen —  namely, male owners and supervisors of Taiwanese small or medium enter- prises (SMEs) who, to put it in Pierre Bourdieu’s terms, are rich...
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positions (1999) 7 (2): 343–375.
Published: 01 May 1999
... domestically and internationally as evidence of the (poten- tial) success of the policies of reform and opening in integrating the People's Republic of China (PRC) into the world capitalist system.' These represen- tations vary: Shenzhen...
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positions (2001) 9 (1): 219–243.
Published: 01 February 2001
.... This is how matters stood until after the establishment of the PRC in 1949. Restoration and Nation-State History at Chengde With the founding of the People’s Republic, the status of the Mountain Re- sort soon changed. In that year, the Rehe Cultural...
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positions (1993) 1 (3): 816–832.
Published: 01 August 1993
... translation in 1981, opened “younger Chinese readers’ eyes, both in the PRC and Taiwan” (42), the fact remains that Hsia’s history not only was not monumental in the literary institutions in the PRC, but was generally neglected or severely...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 885–919.
Published: 01 November 2013
... in 1954, and against Hu Feng in 1955.   5. Jiang Jiwei “Jianguo yilai Zhonggong wenhua zhengce shuping (1949 – 1976)” “Commentary on Chinese Cultural Policies since the Establishment of the PRC [1949 – 1976 Dangshi yanjiu yu jiaoxue Party History...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 131–144.
Published: 01 February 2015
... by putting it in the context of the People's Republic of China's (PRC) patriotic education policy that securitizes culture by focusing on identity as difference in a zero-sum game that distinguishes civilization from barbarism, and China from the rest of the world. It critically analyzes the professors...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 523–535.
Published: 01 August 2009
... to it. It then introduces each of the subsequent essays in this special issue on suzhi and explains the connections between them. Quality and Citizenship in China Cultivating Citizens: Suzhi (Quality) Discourse in the PRC Tamara Jacka In contemporary China, concerns about the suzhi, or “quality...