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positions (2024) 32 (2): 315–340.
Published: 01 May 2024
.... This article is a shortened version of a chapter in the author's recently published book. jlee241@saic.edu Copyright 2024 by Duke University Press 2024 socialist abstraction contemporary art imagistic thinking Maoism scientism In January 1983 the Beijing-based, state-run art...
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positions (2024) 32 (1): 49–67.
Published: 01 February 2024
...Arve Hansen Abstract Vietnam's embrace of the Leninist-capitalist hybrid known as the socialist market economy has led to a number of food transformations. These include increasing food imports, heavy investment by powerful domestic and foreign actors in food production and retailing...
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positions (2022) 30 (1): 111–136.
Published: 01 February 2022
...Xiuying Cheng Abstract Based on a critique of the history project titled “Oral History of Peasants’ Ordinary Life in the Revolutionary Era of China,” this article provides an analysis of class ideology production from Land Reform Movement to the Cultural Revolution in China. Thirty years...
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positions (2021) 29 (2): 235–265.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Christian Sorace Abstract After the collapse of socialism in Mongolia, democracy promised life after ideology. This article argues that what disappeared during the democratic transition was not ideology but a conceptualization of ideology as an explicit object, field of intervention...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 809–834.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Covell F. Meyskens Abstract This article examines two theoretical frameworks used to evaluate Maoist development. The first is based on neoclassical economic theory, and the second is rooted in the idea that the Chinese Communist Party made China into a state capitalist regime. Both...
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positions (2022) 30 (1): 9–34.
Published: 01 February 2022
...Malcolm Thompson Abstract This article argues that the origins of the one-child policy beginning in 1980 in China, and its development into the current system of “comprehensive population management,” are to be found not in any unfolding of a statist or authoritarian logic, or within the parameters...
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positions (2022) 30 (3): 523–547.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Tong Lam Abstract In spite of their informal and substandard nature, Chinese urban villages are actually part of the infrastructure that institutionalizes and normalizes China's uneven development by providing cheap dormitory-style accommodations to the country's vast army of unskilled rural...
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positions (2024) 32 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 February 2024
...Minh T. N. Nguyen; Phill Wilcox; Jake Lin Abstract The emergent quest for the good life in rapidly transforming China, Laos, and Vietnam can only be understood as part of the political economy of late socialism. This special issue critically engages with the notion of the good life and its...
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positions (2024) 32 (1): 107–128.
Published: 01 February 2024
...Jiazhi Fengjiang Abstract For ordinary people in late-socialist China, the good life seems to be singularly shaped: in the future and the elsewhere, it is oriented toward one's own well-being and the well-being of future generations. This article aims to open up discussion about the different...
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positions (2024) 32 (1): 129–149.
Published: 01 February 2024
...Charlotte Bruckermann Abstract Faced with environmental degradation and atmospheric pollution, Chinese citizens increasingly envision the good life as a green life. Yet in cities and the countryside, understandings of environmental hardship and ecological redress diverge and at times even...
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positions (2024) 32 (1): 151–170.
Published: 01 February 2024
...Elizabeth M. Elliott Abstract In rural lowland Laos, aspirations to a good life and visions of well-being are defined and impacted by the process of negotiating health. The state of sabai (well-being) situates the person in relation to their family, social, and spiritual worlds, and the associated...
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positions (2024) 32 (2): 233–258.
Published: 01 May 2024
...Inhye Han Abstract This article is the first study that excavates a Korean writer's Chinese‐language play based on Taiwanese farmers’ real‐life events and that identifies its author as playwright, filmmaker, and novelist Li Kyŏngson. During his Shanghai years (1929–32), Li encountered Japanese...
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positions (2024) 32 (2): 341–369.
Published: 01 May 2024
...Pun Ngai Abstract This article anticipates a political project that underlines China's infrastructural capitalism and the infrastructural power of labor in the making of the Chinese working class. This project embarks a re‐departure of the left movement after the Jasic struggle, which inspired...
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positions (1995) 3 (2): 450–482.
Published: 01 May 1995
... to a creature no less abstract than that to be found in bour- geois ideology. We made a mistake during the Cultural Revolution, Wang Wang I Voluntarism and “Socialist Alienation” 465 Ruoshui said, in setting up an antithetical...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 669–694.
Published: 01 August 2002
... in money and interchangeable in the market. Here we have a picture of an abstracting process similar to Weberian rationalization. The “empty,homogenous history,” referring to both capitalist and socialist modernity,designates a process that strips...
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positions (2011) 19 (3): 723–737.
Published: 01 August 2011
... and tribulations between our entire age and one of its sharpest observers. The crux of the relation between Žižek and China lies in the social- ist background. The point in common is that both have stepped beyond the socialist experience of the past...
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positions (2006) 14 (1): 193–218.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Peter Button Duke University Press 2006 Aesthetics, Dialectics, and Desire in Yang Mo’s Song of Youth Peter Button No doubt, one of the numerous difficulties that remain in our account of the socialist realist literary canon in China lies in our...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 869–894.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Alexander F. Day Abstract This article explores the way PRC historians use analytical categories by looking at the emergence of a divide between production and the social reproduction of labor (all the work that goes into producing and raising laborers) that transformed and structured rural...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 756–788.
Published: 01 November 2020
... (see g. 7), Dazhai landscapes often use extreme abstraction to represent labor. Unlike Maoist mass culture, such as public posters with written slo- positions 28:4 November 2020 770 gans, the two genres of socialist high art oil painting and national painting (traditional ink and brush painting...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 895–906.
Published: 01 November 2021
... and China's Collective Past . Berkeley : University of California Press . Kiely Jan . 2019 . “ The Way of Not Being Transformed in the Socialist Rural Revolution of the 1950s: Evidence from a Northern Jiangsu County .” Paper presented at the “International Symposium on Conjuring the Socialist...