Based on official Chinese sources as well as intensive interviews with Hong Kong residents formerly employed in mainland factories, Andrew Walder's neo-traditional image of communist society in China will be of interest not only to those concerned with China and other communist countries, but also to students of industrial relations and comparative social science.
Andrew G. Walder is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University.
"Here is a book that smashes and rebuilds. It smashes widely held ideas about communist bureaucracy, charisma, the convergence of industrial societies. . . . It rebuilds our understanding of contemporary China—and of communist regimes in general—by showing how overlapping instrumental and personal ties, embedded in ideology and party organization, have reshaped Chinese industrial enterprises. By placing Chinese experience firmly and lucidly in comparative perspective, Walder helps us rethink non-communist enterprise as well."—Charles Tilly, New School for Social Research
1988 EGOS Award, Section on Organizations and Occupations of the American Sociological Associatio
1988 Joseph Levenson prize, Association for Asian Studies
Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association