About the author: Huiying Wei-Arthus is an associate professor of sociology at Weber State University in Utah. She received her PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her major interests include organizational studies, social theories, Asian studies, and Chinese politics and society. She has presented papers in many national and regional conferences, and is working on another book dealing with the Chinese Cultural Revolution.2000 0-7734-7837-X
This work is a study of authority and human relations in Chinese urban organizations before and after Mao’s era The empirically-based study shows how fundamental changes took place in social relations and the form of authorities since the end of the Cultural Revolution. It illustrates how quasi-charismatic patterns of authority under Mao have given way to practices and relationships that recall much older patrimonial authority relations at the micro-level, while the Party domination nevertheless continues to prevail politically at the macro-level.