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Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist ChinaThe Return of the Political Novel$
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Jeffrey Kinkley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754859

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754859.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Chinese Discourse of Corruption—and Its Limits

Conclusion: The Chinese Discourse of Corruption—and Its Limits

(p.170) 8 Conclusion: The Chinese Discourse of Corruption—and Its Limits
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China
Stanford University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on anticorruption novels and the discourse of corruption in China, explaining that the authors of the novels analyzed blamed both untrammeled money and unregulated power for corruption, and are uniformly incensed by unjust bureaucratic power and the antisocial exercise of it. It also argues that the novels confirmed that corruption at the highest level is a pessimistic discourse of social and moral change which can be trained on diverse unsettling social phenomena, both “capitalist” and remnant “socialist.”

Keywords:   anticorruption novels, discourse of corruption, China, unregulated power, bureaucratic power, social change, moral change

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