- Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Continuum (August 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441178805
- ISBN-13: 978-1441178800
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China (Contemporary Anarchist Studies) 0th Edition
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"John Rapp is a world class scholar who uniquely is able to synthesize in a vivid and illuminating way insights from Chinese Daoism which address both the general literature on anarchism and the political realities of China, ancient and contemporary. This is magnificent and insightful scholarship." - Edward Friedman, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
About the Author
John A. Rapp is Professor of Political Science at Beloit College, USA where he founded the Asian Studies program and served as chair of the Political Science department. His teaching interests include Chinese politics, Communist and post-Communist systems, comparative democracies, and Chinese and comparative political thought. He coauthored Autocracy and China's Rebel Founding Emperors (with Anita Andrew) and has published in many journals, including Anarchist Studies and the Journal of Comparative Asian Development.
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The latter parts of the book focus on anarchist conflicts with Maoism and Communists and how the term anarchist became a cultural meme to throw around at anyone trying to interfere with the growth of the state and communist party in China and not necessarily actual anarchists. I found a lot more enjoyment than I expected in learning about the historical context of anarchism in China during more contemporary times.
This book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves an anarchist, is interested in the truly radical nature of Daoism, and anyone who wants to understand anarchism beyond its western leftist varieties that are so often less radical due to greater emphasis on more Marxist and communist ideas.