By Pierre Bourdieu
In his such a lot explicitly political paintings so far, Pierre Bourdieu speaks out opposed to the recent myths of our time - specifically these linked to neo-liberalism - and gives a passionate defence of the general public curiosity. The withdrawal of the country from many parts of social existence lately - housing, healthiness, social providers, and so forth. - has produced growing to be melancholy within the such a lot disadvantaged sections of the inhabitants; the dismantling of public welfare within the identify of personal company, versatile markets and worldwide competitiveness is expanding the distress of these who've suffered such a lot. during this sharp, uncompromising assault on neo-liberalism and those that champion it - from the IMF to the President of the Bundesbank, from politicians to educational commentators - Bourdieu stands up for the pursuits of the powerless and is helping to provide a voice to these contributors, teams and social pursuits whose perspectives are hardly ever heard within the dominant media. a strong plea for a brand new internationalism which might search to shield the general public curiosity and the social rights of standard humans opposed to the hot prophets of undefined, this significant and well timed booklet by way of one among Europe's most eminent intellectuals merits to be broadly learn.
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The mass line was intended to draw the party closer to the masses through the submersion of party cadres into the local rural community. This saw cadres working the fields with their peasant associates, embracing peasant criticisms of party working methods and ascertaining their views on important issues of local concern. Given that the vast majority of the peasantry were illiterate, they often expressed themselves in a manner that was difficult to decipher. The role of the cadre, therefore, was to interpret these views and use them as a starting point from which to construct new policies.
E. e. the peasantry). Another variation of the Marxist canon, and something quite unique to Mao, was the conception of class in post-revolutionary China. For Marx, a person’s class status was defined in terms of his relationship to the means of production so that those who owned it were members of the bourgeoisie and those who were forced to sell it were members of proletariat. Whilst Mao did not dispute this simple binary, he also examined class within the context of a person’s class origins or class background.
Nationalism It is difficult to gauge precisely how effective Marxism was as a means of legitimizing the CCP during the early period (and indeed subsequently). This is partly because of the overlap between Chinese Marxism and a more informal mode of legitimacy in the form of Chinese nationalism (Johnson 1962). The unquestionable popularity of the CCP following the success of the revolution was officially credited to the superiority of Marxism as a revolutionary concept. At the same time, the party also presented itself as a progressive nationalist force.
Acts of Resistance: Against the New Myths of Our Time by Pierre Bourdieu