• Bingchun Meng
Part of the China in Transformation book series (CIT)


In the concluding chapter, I revisit the contemporary relevance of China’s socialist history by comparing speeches made by Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping on culture, ideology and the role of media workers. Counterposing Xi’s talks against their historical counterparts can help to reveal the inconsistency and contradictions in current “ideology work”, as well as the challenges that the CCP faces in re-establishing hegemony. The ideological struggles examined in my empirical chapters seem to confirm Stuart Hall’s view of crises as not leading to any preordained result. But the memory of socialism, be it nostalgic or disillusioned, shapes the Chinese people’s assessment of the status quo as well as their imagining of the future.


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  • Bingchun Meng
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  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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