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The Compelling Ideal: Thought Reform and the Prison in China, 1901-1956

Jan Kiely


This book is about the early twentieth-century institutional formation of the system of penal reformation (ganhua) in China, its subsequent expansion and extension, and the related initial emergence of the modern Chinese state's thought reform regime into the early 1950s. Formulated over several decades by a diverse array of people professing a range of political perspectives and aims and operating within and beyond the formal state in a variety of social-geographic settings, this system became a key constituent part of an evolving mode of modern governance. Subsequently modified and prolifera ... More

Keywords: thought reform, prisons, twentieth-century China, state indoctrination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300185942
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300185942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Kiely, author