Tsai, Wen-hui Books

About the author: Wen-hui Tsai received his PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently he is Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He served as a visiting professor at National Taiwan University, National Chung-hsin University of Taiwan and Nankai University of the People’s Republic of China. He is the current president of the American Association of Chinese Studies. He has published eight books in English and sixteen books in Chinese.

Class Struggle and Deviant Labeling in Mao’s China Becoming Enemies of the People
2001 0-7734-7320-3
This study investigates the entire process of deviant labeling under the leadership of Chairman Mao between 1950 and 1978. Through the use of life history materials that include autobiographies and memoirs published in both English and Chinese, the causes of the labeling, the lives of the deviants, and the consequences of deviant labels on individuals, family members, and significant others are thoroughly analyzed. It documents the impacts of labeling on the self-concept of deviants and the creation of a new socially and politically defined deviant class, the ‘enemies of the people’ in Mao’s China.