The Power of Words: Literacy and Revolution in South China, 1949-95 by Glen PetersonThe Power of Words: Literacy and Revolution in South China, 1949-95 by Glen Peterson

The Power of Words: Literacy and Revolution in South China, 1949-95

byGlen Peterson

Paperback | March 1, 1998

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This book is a social and political history of the struggle forliteracy in rural China from 1949 until 1994. It aims to show howChina's revolutionary leaders conceived and promoted literacy inthe countryside and how villagers made use of the literacy educationand schools they were offered. Rather than focusing narrowly oneducational issues alone, Peterson examines the larger significance ofP.R.C. literacy efforts by situating the literacy movement within thebroad context of major themes and issues in the social and politicalhistory of post-1949 China. Following the recent trend toward regionaland local history, this book focuses on the linguistically diverse,socially complex, and politically awkward southeastern coastal provinceof Guangdong. As well, Peterson conducted interviews with localofficials and teachers in several Guangdong counties in 1988 and 1989.
Glen Peterson is an assistant professor in the Department of History, University of British Columbia.
Title:The Power of Words: Literacy and Revolution in South China, 1949-95Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.76 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Ubc Press

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ISBN - 10:0774806125

ISBN - 13:9780774806121

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Literacy and Society in South China

2. Minban Schools and the Reaffirmation of Voluntarism in VillageEducation

3. The Contested Priorities of Early Post-Revolutionary MassEducation

4. The Problem of the Teachers

5. Collectivization and the Increased Importance of Literacy

6. The National Literacy Campaigns of 1956 and 1958

7. Beijing's Language Reform and Guangdong's Opposition

8. Literacy Expansion and Social Contraction: The AgriculturalMiddle School Experiment 1958-65

9. The Cultural Revolution

10. Literacy and Economic Development in the Post-Mao Era

11. The Struggle for Literacy in Guagndong Appendix: EducationalLevels in Guagndong by District, City, and County 1982





Editorial Reviews

It is to the author's credit that he is able to weave his discussion of different issues ... into a coherent narrative that reinforces the importance of adding historical context to contemporary policy discussions. Furthermore, the primary source documentation that he has gathered from within Guangdong province is both significant and impressive. For all of these reasons, this volume is an important contribution to the field of Chinese education and should be of interest to historians, social scientists and comparative educators who work in this area. - Irving Epstein - The China Quarterly