Revenge of the Forbidden City

Revenge of the Forbidden City : The Suppression of the Falungong in China, 1999-2008

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By 1999, the Falungong religious movement had spread widely and broadly throughout China. While on the surface its ideology of spiritual and physical cultivation did not seem threatening, the Chinese government felt otherwise. That year, the government cracked down hard on the movement, and its successful repression of it over a six year period is a textbook example of how the Chinese state operates in the face of perceived internal threats. Its success in containing the movement speaks volumes about the regime's resilience as well. Revenge of the Forbidden City is the definitive account of China's response to Falungong. As James Tong shows, the episode also tells us a great deal about the Chinese state's political institutions, its media apparatus, and its formidable ability to crush dissent. The result is a book that will be essential for any scholar interested in how the Chinese state actually operates.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195377281
  • 9780195377286
  • 1,778,062

Table of contents

1. Introduction _ ; 2. Preparing for the Crackdown ; 3. Law Enforcement Operations after the Crackown ; 4. The Anti-Falungong News Media Campaign ; 5. Curing the Patient - Conversion Programs ; 6. Organization Structure of the Campaign ; 7. Party Meetings Announcing the Ban ; 8. Evaluation of the Anti-Falungong Campaign ; 9. Concluding Remarks
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China has certainly risen, but will it be free? This is the provocative question at the hub of James Tong's book. While many theories predict that modernization will weaken the state's power to monitor and punish deviance, thereby permitting pluralism to emerge, Tong subjects these assumptions to a systematic empirical test. In a comparative analysis of the 1999 campaign to eradicate Falungong, the quasi-religious exercise association, he finds the Chinese
Party-state still to be suffocatingly powerful-though perhaps less so than before. * Lowell Dittmer, University of California at Berkeley *
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About James Tong

James Tong is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at UCLA.
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