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Communication, Development and Social Participation in China, Vol. 27 - 2020, No. 2

Guest Edited by Yuezhi Zhao and Jing Wu

The Shared Time of the Mass Line: Economics, Politics and Participation in a Chinese Village

, pages: 186-199

The development and spread of capitalism speeds up society and reconfigures social relations. This process is under way in the West, urban China and even in China’s countryside. Heyang village presents a case study of the historical processes of, and controversy over, these developments. A review of three main epochs of the temporal implications in China’s engagement with the West highlights the relevance of the Chinese Communist Party’s mass line as a response to the capitalistic development of social relations. Ethnographic research and focus group interviews with residents and leaders of Heyang indicate the need and the opportunity to rejuvenate the mass line as a means for leaders and the people to once again share time in order to address problems of unity within the village.

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