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Communist Neo-TraditionalismWork and Authority in Chinese Industry$
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Andrew Walder

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064706

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064706.001.0001

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Communist Neo-Traditionalism: An Introductory Essay

Communist Neo-Traditionalism: An Introductory Essay

(p.1) 1. Communist Neo-Traditionalism: An Introductory Essay
Communist Neo-Traditionalism

Andrew G. Walder

University of California Press

The neo-traditional image of communist society differs fundamentally from the images of totalitarianism and group theory. It shares with the totalitarian idea a focus on the distinctive communist institutions that foster organized political control, and it shares the premise that these forms of organization shape patterns of association and political behavior in distinctive ways. The neo-traditional image stresses the social network as its main structural concept. The elements of workplace organization—generic features of modern communism—give rise to several other features of factory political life and authority relations that complete the definition of the type. Communist neo-traditionalism guides comparisons of industrial authority by focusing on organized dependence and institutional culture of the factory. The chapters included in this book explore the characteristics of neo-traditionalism in Chinese factories. They also determine the ways that the Chinese variant has diverged from the Soviet.

Keywords:   communist neo-traditionalism, totalitarianism, group theory, communism, industrial authority, Chinese factories, political control

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