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Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification

UC Davis's Associate Professor from the Department of Sociology, Eddy U, will have his book "Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification" released in April 2019.

Creating the Intellectual redefines how we understand relations between intellectuals and the Chinese socialist revolution of the last century. Under the Chinese Communist Party, “the intellectual” was first and foremost a widening classification of individuals based on Marxist thought. The party turned revolutionaries and otherwise ordinary people into subjects identified as usable but untrustworthy intellectuals, an identification that profoundly affected patterns of domination, interaction, and rupture within the revolutionary enterprise. Drawing on a wide range of data, Eddy U takes the reader on a journey that examines political discourses, revolutionary strategies, rural activities, urban registrations, workplace arrangements, organized protests, and theater productions. He lays out in colorful detail the formation of new identities in Chinese society as well as new forms of organization and association. The outcome is a compelling picture of the mutual constitution of the intellectual and the Chinese socialist revolution, the legacy of which still affects ways of seeing, thinking, acting, and feeling in what is now a globalized China. 

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. This title will be available for purchase on April 16, 2019 on Amazon and April 30, 2019 at Barnes&Noble.

For more information: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520303690/creating-the-intellectual


About the Author:

Eddy U is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Disorganizing China: Counter-Bureaucracy and the Decline of Socialism.