THE PARTY'S POLICY TOWARD LABOR

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party
EditorsWilly Wo-Lap Lam
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter14
Pages219-231
ISBN (Electronic)9781315543918, 9781134847372
ISBN (Print)9781138684430
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Abstract

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP, herein sometimes also referred to as the “Party”) betrays the hollowness of its socialist claim in the way it maintains a problematic relation with the urban working class. As an elite, the Party has upheld a strong division between itself and mass social categories, such as peasants and especially workers, whilst accommodating powerful groups, such as the military as well as capitalists. The Party now fears the working class, reflecting a schism between its brand identity as a socialist, perhaps now the socialist, organ, and its complete betrayal of socialism in practice. Having discarded its Marxist roots in the summer of 1923 (Short 2004: 141), workers were paired up with and then subordinated to peasants, before reemerging under the present quasi-capitalist period as the proletariat in all but name. The Party’s paranoia toward workers is founded on past practice. A key aspect of Marx’s teachings about historical progression is that workers sometimes do overthrow their masters, and the CCP elite feels the vulnerability of Marxist dialectical materialism more keenly than most.

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THE PARTY'S POLICY TOWARD LABOR. / Taylor, Bill.

Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party. ed. / Willy Wo-Lap Lam . Abingdon : Routledge, 2017. p. 219-231.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review