Abstract: This study examines how and when potential resistance may be transformed into an actual social movement. Its three cases - the Taiping Rebellion in the 1840s and 1850s, ghost worship in modern Taiwan and the aftermath of the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square - contribute to ongoing debates among historians, social scientists and literary theorists on the relationship between culture and resistance. Resistance, Chaos and Control in China compares active resistance movements with everyday actions that imply unspoken resistance.
Keywords: book review, international, sociology, Communist Red Mainland China, Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Title: Resistance Chaos Central China: Taiping Rebels, Taiwanese Ghosts, and Tiananmen
Author: Rob P. Weller
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Date Published: July 1993
ISBN: 0295972858
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Part I : Interpreting Resistance and Resisting Interpretation

Chapter 1 : Resistance

Chapter 2 : Saturation and Potentials

Part II : Taiping Rebellion

Chapter 3 : Jesus's Brother and the Chinese Periphery

Chapter 4 : Saturating the Movement: God Gets Power

Chapter 5 : Too Many Voices

Chapter 6 : Precipitation and Institution: The Taiping Rises Up

Part III : Taiwanese Ghosts

Chapter 7 : Hot and Noisy Religion

Chapter 8 : Saturated Ghosts and Social Change in Taiwan

Chapter 9 : Failed Precipitations

Chapter 10 : The Limits to Cultural Domination

Part IV : Conclusion: Tiananmen and Beyond

Chapter 11 : Institutions of Control, Institutions Beyond Control

Chapter 12 : Irony, Cynicism, and Potential Resistance


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