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Resources on 2022 Protests in China

Resources on Xinjiang

Resources on China and the Left

Resources on Modern Chinese History

Resources on Rural China

Resources on Gender and Feminism

Resources on Labor

Resources on Environmental Politics

Resources on China and the World

Resources on Economic Justice

Recommended Websites


Resources on 2022 Protests in China

ChinaFile (2022): China in Protest: A ChinaFile Conversation.

Dong, Yun (2022): "The Uprising in China: Resisting Lockdowns, Repression, and Precarity." Spectre.

Friedman, Eli (2022): "Why Foxconn Workers in China Walked Off the Job." Jacobin.

  Karl, Rebecca (2022): "The Social Explosion of China’s Pent-up Pain." The Nation.

Resources on Xinjiang

Brophy, David (2016): Uyghur Nation. Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier. Harvard University Press.

Brophy, David (2019): “Good and Bad Muslims in Xinjiang,” in Made in China Journal, July 9, 2019,

Byler, Darren (2019): “Preventative Policing as Community Detention in Northwest China,” in Made in China Journal, October 25, 2019,

Byler, Darren, Ivan Franceschini, Nicholas Loubere, ed. (2021): Xinjiang Year Zero. ANU Press. Free download:

Byler, Darren (2023). "Terror Capitalism: The Enclosure of Uyghurs in Northwest China," in Ruckus, Ralf, Daniel Reineke, Jule Pfeffer, and Kevin Lin, eds, China from Below: Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism.

Hunerven, Adam (2019): “Spirit Breaking: Capitalism and Terror in Northwest China,” in Chuang, Issue 2,

Kaul, Nitasha (2020): "China : Xinjiang :: India : Kashmir,” in Made in China Journal, October 5, 2020,

Thum, Rian (2020): “The Spatial Cleansing of Xinjiang: Mazar Desecration in Context,” in Made in China Journal, August 24, 2020,

Yi, Xiaocuo (2019): “Recruiting Loyal Stabilisers: On the Banality of Carceral Colonialism in Xinjiang,” in Made in China Journal, October 25, 2019,

Resources on China and the Left

Au, Loong-Yu (2020): Hong Kong in Revolt. The Protest Movement and the Future of China. Pluto Press.

Hioe, Brian (2020): “The Qiao Collective and Left Diasporic Chinese Nationalism,” in New Bloom: Radical Perspectives on Taiwan and the Asia Pacific, June 22, 2020,

Hioe, Brian/Liu, Andrew (2020): “Tankies! With Brian Hioe,” in Time to Say Goodbye podcast, June 2020,

Lanza, Fabio (2017): The End of Concern. Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies. Duke University Press.

Ruckus, Ralf, Daniel Reineke, Jule Pfeffer, and Kevin Lin, eds (2023): China from Below: Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism.

Schmalzer, Sigrid (2007): “On the Appropriate Use of Rose-Colored Glasses: Reflections on Science in Socialist China," in Isis, Vol.98, No. 3, 571-83.

Resources on Modern Chinese History

Anagnost, Ann (1997): National Past-Times: Narrative, Representation, and Power in Modern China. Duke University Press.

Andreas, Joel (2009): Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class. Stanford University Press.

Barlow, Tani (2004): The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism. Duke University Press.

Benton, Gregor (2017): Prophets Unarmed. Haymarket.

boundary 2, Vol 46 #2 (May 2019), special issue, ed. Christopher Connery & Lennet Daigle. Critical Space and Contemporary China.

Cai, Xiang (2010/2016): Revolution and its Narratives. Tr. R. Karl & X. Zhong. Duke University Press.

Chuang (2016): “Sorghum and Steel: The Socialist Developmental Regime and the Forging of China,” in Chuang, Issue 1,

Chuang (2019): “Red Dust: The Transition to Capitalism in China,” in Chuang, Issue 2,

Dai, Jinhua (2018): After the Post Cold War: The Future of Chinese History. Ed. Lisa Rofel. Duke University Press.

Dirlik, Arif (1989): The Origins of Chinese Communism. Oxford University Press.  

Dutton, Michael (1998): Streetlife China. Cambridge University Press.

Hart-Landsberg, Martin/Burkett, Paul (2010): China and Socialism: Market Reforms and Class Struggle. Monthly Review Press.

Karl, Rebecca (2010): Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth Century World: A Concise History. Duke University Press.

Karl, Rebecca (2020): China’s Revolutions in the Modern World: A Brief Interpretive History. Verso.

Liu, Elliott (2016): Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction. PM Press.

Meisner, Maurice (1999): Mao’s China and After: A History of the People’s Republic, Third Edition. The Free Press.

Li, Minqi (2008): The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World-Economy. Pluto Press.

Lin, Chun (2006): The Transformation of Chinese Socialism. Duke University Press.

Liu, Andrew B. (2019): “Production, Circulation, and Accumulation: The Historiographies of Capitalism in China and South Asia,” in Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 78, No. 4, 767-788.

Liu, Andrew B. (2020): Tea War. A History of Capitalism in China and India. Yale University Press.

Perry, Elizabeth (1993): Shanghai on Strike Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labor. Stanford University Press.

Russo, Alessandro (2020): Cultural Revolution and Revolutionary Culture. Duke University Press.

Smith, Aminda (2012): Thought Reform and China’s Dangerous Classes. Reeducation, Resistance, and the People. Rowman & Littlefield.

Sorace, Christian/Franceschini, Ivan/Loubere, Nicholas (eds.) (2019): Afterlives of Chinese Communism. ANU Press/Verso (also open source through ANU).

Wang, Hui (2003): China’s New Order: Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition. Harvard University Press.

Wang, Hui (2010): The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity. Verso.

Weber, Isabella (forthcoming 2021): How China Escaped Shock Therapy: Marketisation beyond Nationalism. Routledge.

Wemheuer, Felix (2019): A Social History of Maoist China. Conflict and Change, 1949-1976. Cambridge University Press.

Windscript, Shan (2020): “How to Write a Diary in Mao’s New China: Guidebooks in the Crafting of Socialist Subjectives”, in Modern China (Online First).

Wu, Yiching (2014): The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis. Harvard University Press.

Resources on Rural China

Bramall, Chris (2007): The Industrialization of Rural China. Oxford University Press.

Chan, Anita/Madsen, Richard/Unger, Jonathan (1992): Chen Village Under Mao and Deng. University of California Press.

Chen, Jia-Ching (2013): “Sustainable Territories: Rural Dispossession, Land Enclosures and the Construction of Environmental Resources in China”, in Human Geography, Vol. 6, No. 1, 102-125.

Chuang, Julia (2020): Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market. University of California Press.

Chuang, Julia (2015): “Urbanization Through Dispossession: Survival and Stratification in China’s New Townships,” in Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2, 275-294.

Day, Alexander F. (2013): The Peasant in Postsocialist China: History, Politics, and Capitalism. Cambridge University Press.

Day, Alexander F./Mindi, Schneider (2019): “The end of alternatives? Capitalist transformation, rural activism and the politics of possibility in China,” in The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 45, No. 7, 1221-1246.

Gao, Mobo (1999): Gao Village: A Portrait of Rural Life in Modern China. University of Hawai’i Press.

Hershatter, Gail (2011): The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past. University of California Press.

Hinton, William (1966): Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village. University of California Press.

Hinton, William (1983): Shenfan: The Continuing Revolution in a Chinese Village. Random House.

Hou, Xiaojia (2016): Negotiating Socialism in Rural China: Mao, Peasants, and Local Cadres in Shanxi, 1949-1953. Cornell University Press.

Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol 15, No. 3 (Special Issue: Agrarian Change in Contemporary China, 2015).

Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol 40, No. 6 (Special Issue: Rural Politics in contemporary China, 2013).

Manning, Kimberly Ens/Wemheuer, Felix (eds.) (2012): Eating Bitterness: New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and Famine. UBC Press.

Schmalzer, Sigrid (2016): Red Revolution, Green Revolution. Scientific Farming in Socialist China. University of Chicago Press.

Unger, Jonathan (2002): The Transformation of Rural China. M.E. Sharpe.

Xu, Zhun (2018): From Commune to Capitalism. How China’s Peasants Lost Collective Farming and Gained Urban Poverty. Monthly Review Press.

Zhan, Shaohua (2019): “Accumulation by and without dispossession: Rural land use, land expropriation, and livelihood implications in China,” in Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol. 19, No. 3, 447-464.

Zhan, Shaohua (2020): “The Land Question in 21st Century China: Four Camps and Five Scenarios,” in New Left Review, 122, 115-133.

Resources on Gender and Feminism

Barlow, Tani E. (2004): The Question of Woman in Chinese Feminism. Duke University Press.

Chu, Nellie (2019): “Maternal Longing and Jiagongchang Household Workshops as Marginal Hubs of Subcontracted Labor in Guangzhou, China,” in Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 53, Special Issue 3, 800-821.

Dai Jinhua (2002): Cinema and Desire: Feminist Marxism and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua (eds. Jing Wang and Tani E. Barlow). Verso.

Dong, Yige (2019): “Does China Have a Feminist Movement from the Left?”, in Made in China Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1:: 58-63.

Dong, Yige (2023): "Gender Awakening, Care Crisis, and Made-in-China Feminism," in Ruckus, Ralf, Daniel Reineke, Jule Pfeffer, and Kevin Lin, eds, China from Below: Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism.

Hershatter, Gail (2007): Women in China’s Long Twentieth Century. University of California Press.

Honig, Emily/Hershatter, Gail (1988): Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980s. Stanford University Press.

Lee, Ching Kwan (1998): Gender and the South China Miracle. University of California Press.

Liu, Andrew B. (2018): “The Woman Question and the Agrarian Question: The Feminist and Political-Economic Writings of Wu Juenong, 1921–1927,” in Twentieth-Century China, Vol. 43, No. 1, 24-44.

Liu, Jieyu (2007): Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation. Taylor & Francis.

Liu, Lydia H./Karl, Rebecca/Ko, Dorothy (eds.) (2013): The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory. Columbia University Press.

positions: asia critique, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Special Issue: (en)gendering: chinese women’s art in the making, ed. Cui Shuqin, 2020).

Pun, Ngai (2005): Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace. Duke University Press.

Rofel, Lisa (1999): Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism. UC Press.

Wu, Angela X./Dong, Yige (2019): “What Is ‘Made-in-China Feminism(s)’? Gender Discontent and Class Friction in Post-Socialist China,” in Critical Asian Studies, Vol. 51, No. 4, 471-492.

Yan, Hairong (2008): New Masters, New Servants: Migration, Development, and Women Workers in China. Duke University Press.

Zheng Tiantian (2009): Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China. University of Minnesota Press.

Resources on Labor

Andreas, Joel (2020): Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China. Oxford University Press.

Chan, Anita (2001): China’s Workers under Assault: The Exploitation of Labor in a Globalizing Economy. M.E. Sharpe.

Chan, Anita (ed.) (2015): Chinese Workers in Comparative Perspective. Cornell University Press.

Chan, Chris King-chi (2010): The Challenge of Labour in China: Strikes and the Changing Labour Regime in Global Factories. Routledge.

Chan, Jenny/Selden, Mark/Pun, Ngai (2020): Dying for an iPhone: Apple Foxconn, and the Lives of China’s Workers. Pluto Press.

Chu, Nellie (2018): “Reconfiguring Supply Chains: Transregional Infrastructure and Informal Manufacturing in Southern China,” in Made in China Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 40-45.

Dong, Yige (2020): “Spinners or sitters? Regimes of social reproduction and urban Chinese workers’ employment choices,” in International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Vol. 61, No. 2-3, 200-216.

Elfstrom, Manfred (2019): “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Chinese State Reactions to Labour Unrest,” in The China Quarterly, 240, 855-879.

Friedman, Eli (2014): The Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China. Cornell University Press.

Friedman, Eli, Wen, and Pan (2023): "Labor Struggles During and After the Pandemic," in Ruckus, Ralf, Daniel Reineke, Jule Pfeffer, and Kevin Lin, eds, China from Below: Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism.

Fuchs, Daniel/Tse, Patricia Fuk-Ying/Feng, Xiaojun (2019): “Labour research under coercive authoritarianism: Comparative reflections on fieldwork challenges in China,” in Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 40, No. 1, 132-155

Howell, Jude/Pringle, Tim (2019): “Shades of Authoritarianism and State-Labour Relations in China,” in British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 57, No. 2, 223-246.

Hui, Elaine Sio-ieng (2018): Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lee, Ching Kwan (2007): Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt. University of California Press.

Leung, Parry (2015): Labor Activists and the New Working Class in China: Strike Leaders’ Struggles. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lin, Kevin (2019): “State Repression in the Jasic Aftermath. From Punishment to Preemption,” in Made in China Journal, April 18, 2019,

Lü, Xiaobo/Perry, Elizabeth (eds.) (1997): Danwei: The Changing Chinese Workplace in Historical and Comparative Perspectives. M.E. Sharpe.

Philion, Stephen E. (2008): Workers’ Democracy in China’s Transition from State Socialism. Taylor & Francis.

Pringle, Tim (2011): Trade Unions in China: The Challenge of Labour Unrest. Routledge.

Pun, Ngai (2016): Migrant Labor in China. Wiley.

Sheehan, Jackie (1998): Chinese Workers: A New History. Routledge (online here).

Solinger, Dorothy (1999): Contesting Citizenship in Urban China: Peasant Migrants, the State, and the Logic of the Market. University of California Press.

Tan, J.S. (2023): "Tech Workers and Rising Class Consciousness in China," in Ruckus, Ralf, Daniel Reineke, Jule Pfeffer, and Kevin Lin, eds, China from Below: Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism.

Resources on Environmental Politics

Chen, Jia-Ching (2013): “Sustainable Territories: Rural Dispossession, Land Enclosures and the Construction of Environmental Resources in China”, in Human Geography, Vol. 6, No. 1, 102-125.

Goldstein, Joshua (2020): Remains of the Everyday. A Century of Recycling in Beijing. University of California Press.

Goron, Coraline (2018): "Ecological Civilisation and the Political Limits of a Chinese Concept of Sustainability," China Perspecives, Vol. 115, No. 4, 39-52.

Salimjan, Guldana (2021): "Naturalized Violence: Affective Politics of China’s 'Ecological Civilization' in Xinjiang," in Human Ecology, Vol. 49, 59-68.

Resources on China and the World

Brophy, David (2021): China Panic: Australia’s Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering. La Trobe University Press. (David talks about this book on the David Feldman show:

Chan, Wilfred (2019): “Hong Kong’s Fight for Life,” in Dissent magazine, August 8, 2019,

Chow, Tobita/Werner, Jake (2020): The US-China Trade War. A Progressive Internationalist Alternative. Rosa Luxemburg Foundation – New York Office,

Chuang (2020): “Social Contagion,” in Chuang blog, February 26, 2020,

Friedman, Eli (2020): “Why China is Capitalist,” in Spectre journal, July 15, 2020,

Lee, Ching Kwan (2017): The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa. University of Chicago Press.

Liu, Andrew (2019): “Does Hong Kong Even Need the NBA?” in Mother Jones, October 10, 2019,

Liu, Andrew (2020): “‘China Virus,’ World Market,” in n+1 magazine. March 20, 2020,

Liu, Andrew (2020): “‘Is Covid-19 a ‘just-in-time’ pandemic?” in Feral Atlas: the More-than-Human Anthropocene,

Sun, Wanning (2022): “Between Watch Dog and Guard Dog: The China Threat and the Australian Media.” Pearls and Irritations, Dec. 5, 2021,

Transnational Institute (2021): China and the World (6-part webinar series),

Zhang, C., & Kho, T.-Y. (2022): “How Can We Talk about China and against Sinophobia without Feeling Guilty, Apologetic or Defensive?” British Journal of Chinese Studies, 12(1), 143-146,

Resources on Economic Justice

Hayward, Jane (2022): “China’s Common Prosperity and the Search for Equality,” ISPI, Jan. 31, 2022,

Lin, Kevin (2022): “A ‘Red’ New Deal for China?” red pepper, Feb. 4, 2022,

Liu, Andrew (2022): “'Ascension' and the Chinese Dream,” with Jessica Kingdon and Kira Simon-Kennedy (interview), Time to Say Goodbye (podcast), Feb. 1, 2022,

Recommended Websites

Chinese Students and Activists (CSA) Network




Made in China Journal

New Bloom Magazine

positions politics

PRC History Group

Transnational Institute