Revolutionary Successors: Deviant Children and Youth in the PRC, 1959–1964

  • Melissa A. Brzycki
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)


This chapter focuses on deviant children and youth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 1959–1964, including those who engaged in mild transgressions like skipping out on Young Pioneer activities, and young people who committed violent acts like school shootings and rape. These examples of deviant children and youth not only enrich our understanding of the nature of everyday life during the PRC, but also help us grasp more clearly exactly where the boundaries of normative behaviour were drawn by the state, teachers, Communist Youth League leaders and parents, and how children and youth interacted with, and sometimes circumvented, these parameters.


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  • Melissa A. Brzycki
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  1. 1.Saint Mary’s University of MinnesotaWinonaUSA

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