New publication: Victims, Perpetrators and the Role of Law in Maoist China: A Case-Study Approach

Our collaborative volume on the everyday practices of politics and law in Maoist China has now appeared with De Gruyter. It is available for purchase via the publisher’s website or from online retailers.

The relationship between politics and law in the early People’s Republic of China was highly contentious. Periods of intentionally excessive campaign justice intersected with attempts to carve out professional standards of adjudication and to offer retroactive justice for those deemed to have been unjustly persecuted. How were victims and perpetrators defined and dealt with during different stages of the Maoist era and beyond? How was law practiced, understood, and contested in local contexts? This volume adopts a case study approach to shed light on these complex questions. By way of a close reading of original case files from the grassroots level, the contributors detail procedures and question long-held assumptions, not least about the Cultural Revolution as a period of “lawlessness.”