China’s New Left

Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


Emerging at first as a narrow intellectual critique in the mid-1990s, the New Left soon grew wings as it merged with supporters of populism, statism, and nationalism. The “Chinese New Left” is a term used to distinguish it from the Old Left, or conservatives, who are die-hard Maoists. Wang Hui, a professor at Tsinghua University whom many see as the academic leader of China’s “New Left,” suspected the term “New Left” was just being used as a cudgel to belabor liberals.1 The New Left developed out of several major streams of radicalism such as neo-Marxism, postmodernism, dependency theory, world system theory, and postcolonialism. It has used these perspectives for its criticism of global capitalism and issues in China’s market reforms.


Gross Domestic Product Liberal Democracy Cultural Revolution Chinese Intellectual World System Theory 
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  • He Li
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  1. 1.Merrimack CollegeUSA

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