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The Left in China

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 3:00pm

Cornell ILR School, 281 Ives Faculty Building

Ralf Ruckus will present central arguments from the book The Left in China. A Political Cartography (Pluto Press, 2023):

All over the world, progressive forces debate the nature of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). While some consider them to be socialist, others recognize the critical role of the current CCP government in facilitating capitalist exploitation and the suppression of social struggles.

Often, little or no attention is given to leftwing oppositional movements and groups in the PRC. Since the founding of the PRC in 1949, changing class divisions have led to waves of social protests by workers, migrants, and women, which inspired several generations of leftwing opposition against CCP rule.

The dialectic of social struggles and leftwing oppositional movements has shaped the history of the PRC, from the socialist build-up in the 1950s to the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, the democracy movements in the 1970s and 1980s, the resistance of the socialist working class against capitalist restructuring in the 1990s and 2000s, and the struggles of migrant workers and women since.

This event is co-sponsored by the East Asia Program.

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ILR School, East Asia Program, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies

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ILR, ILR School, East Asia program, Einaudi, Asian studies

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Eli Friedman

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