Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness: Political Exile and Re-education in Mao's China (Paperback)Ning Wang (author)
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After Mao Zedong's Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957-58, Chinese intellectuals were subjected to "re-education" by the state. In Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness, Ning Wang draws on labor farm archives, interviews, and memoirs to provide a remarkable look at the suffering and complex psychological world of these banished Beijing intellectuals. Wang's use of newly uncovered Chinese-language sources challenges the concept of the intellectual as renegade martyr, showing how exiles often declared allegiance to the state for self-preservation. While Mao's campaign victimized the banished, many of those same people also turned against their comrades. Wang describes the ways in which the state sought to remold the intellectuals, and he illuminates the strategies the exiles used to deal with camp officials and improve their chances of survival.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
""In this important, nuanced, and humane account of life within Chinese penal camps, Ning Wang complicates our picture of banished intellectuals by portraying them as complex human beings forced by circumstances to make some very difficult moral compromises.""-- Frank Dikoetter, author of Mao's Great Famine
""This is the best scholarly book I've read about the experiences of those banished to penal camps in Mao's China. Wang reveals the dynamic interplay between rightists, camp guards, camp officials, and local and central authorities. He also illuminates the long-term human toll of banishment in all of its complexity.""-- Jeremy Brown, coeditor of Maoism at the Grassroots
"A fine piece of scholarly work contributing to knowledge of life within Chinese penal camps. The reading is essential to students and scholars of political banishment, China's labor reformatory, Chinese intellectuals and the Communist Party, and China studies under Mao in general."* CHOICE *
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