Beyond the wage : Zhang Chunqiao, Bourgeois Right, and Maoism as theory

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In September 1958, Zhang Chunqiao, who was only an aspiring critic at the time, published an article titled ‘Smash the Ideology of Bourgeois Right’ in a Communist Party theoretical journal in Shanghai. In it, he argued that the wage marked a social relationship that reproduced a capitalist logic of labour and proposed prioritising the development of new ideological or moral incentives that would supersede the wage as the basis for stimulating production. With Mao Zedong’s personal endorsement, this article opened a series of theoretical encounters that would have dramatic implications for the trajectory of the Chinese Revolution for years to come.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProletarian China : A Century of Chinese Labour
EditorsIvan FRANCESCHINI, Christian SORACE
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781839766343, 9781839766350
ISBN (Print)9781839766336
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


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