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1983 Reviewed work(s): The Asiatic Mode of Production: Science and Politics. by A. M. Bailey; J. R. Llobera

1983 Reviewed work(s): The Asiatic Mode of Production: Science and Politics. by A. M. Bailey; J. R. Llobera

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1983 Reviewed work(s): The Asiatic Mode of Production: Science and Politics. by A. M. Bailey; J. R. Llobera
1983 Reviewed work(s): The Asiatic Mode of Production: Science and Politics. by A. M. Bailey; J. R. Llobera

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Review: [untitled] Author(s): Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik Source: The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Aug., 1983), pp.

899-900 Published by: Association for Asian Studies Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2054779 . Accessed: 10/08/2011 17:30
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and his "bourgeoissociology.maintainingthat. with an excellent annotated bibliography withlongsections or oftranslations But it is largely Xiaotong'swritings.the fateof the AMP from fourpartson the sourcesand formation debate on the and the contemporary watershed. Since the deathof able "to to prominence. theeditors selectedfurther . pp. xi. following a path taken by many other intellectuals who became disaffected because of KMT repression and corruption." He suggests for criticizing and otherintellectuals was Communistfearof the tendency of intellectuals to be skepticaland critical. AMP These partsare subdividedintoan introductory time). to Stalin. 1981. M. althoughhe did spend two yearsin a May Seventh Cadre School. Yet when this hope provedfutile. a "bourgeoisintellectualin the People's Republic. R. though Fei was nevera Marxist. trying to the new values through apparently sincereself-criticism.A. he does so effectively. LLOBERA. but suffered in the Anti-Rightist Movement in 1957. Index. he yearned fornonviolent." of Fei This is. tastes. Like so manyassociatedwith the DemocraticLeague. but worked undercertain restrictions.BOOK REVIEWS-CHINA AND INNER ASIA 899 By the 1940s Fei was completely repelledby Kuomintang policies.hisformer sympathy toward landlords a welland local government officials. to me themostinteresting.he welcomedthe Communists"with apparententhusiasm. to adjust backgrounds. democratic reforms. EUGENE LUBOT Albright College The Asiatic Mode of Production: Science and Politics. M. partlyfrom patriotism and partly with the hope of continuing his workand makinga contribution to a new society. of ventures intoanalysis overtheyears. Llobera(who workin the fieldof anthropology of the concept. descriptive. he was identified beginning as a member oftheLuo Longji-Zhang Bojun allianceand forced to confess his guilt before the National People'sCongress." He stayedin China after 1949.50. similarindividuals wererepresentative to concludewhether Fei's experiences rich but insufficiently and well-organized. oftheconceptofthe'AsiaticMode of reader on thehistory This is an informative who wants to get some basic knowledgeof the (AMP) foreveryone Production" by theeditors.but too fewcomparisons or not. in sum. It includesa generalintroduction of this theory. write. He did some academic research. Indeed. his "chief thatthemajorreason Fei sympathy was withthepeasants. EditedbyA. Mao and the removal of the Gang of Four. 363 and J.At theend of thebook. $18.and workto rebuildChinesesociology. a usefulstudy. R. Fei was not mistreated during the Cultural Revolution.and a shortbibliography texts(some ofthempublishedin Englishforthefirst a bibliograpresent for readings. The resultis a book thatis clearly written in texture. development and sociology)and Baileyand J." Arkushoffers reasoneddefense. the Wittfogel Plekhanow a choiceof notebytheeditors. thelifeof The lasttwochapters chronicle ofthebook. mostly on minorities.he has returned travel. Bibliography." Not unlikemanyotherswith similar Fei wentthrough a periodofinitialenthusiasm. BAILEY London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. He was severely criticized for his rightist views.When theauthor summaries ofFei's writings are too infrequent formy but these instances largerissues. He tookheart from the HundredFlowersMovement. References are made to the idea of studyingthe life of a Westernized aremadewith in a timeofrevolutionary intellectual change.

This part has a somewhat thatthe stronger academicflavor. The third twotextsbyWittfogel and. theeditors present theirviewof themethodological and epistemological problems of research on the history of scienceand especially on the historyof social science and Marxism. theysummarize the main trendsof pre-Marxist fromthe writingson Asiatic societies.Theyjustify their writings choiceoftextsbytheir understanding ofthemas "a foundation oftheAMP was elaborated" uponwhichtheconcept (p. Part 4 revealsthe main problemof the book-the relationship betweenthe scientific and impacts. continuism versusdiscontinuism.on theother hand.S. but the texts theyuse deriveexclusively ofMarxand Engels. discussing theeditors discusstheproblemon a mainlytheoretical level. Part4 consistsof two different typesof textsas productsof a new attemptat the conceptof the AMP thatbegan in the late 1950s. and tendingto a moreor less eclecticalstandpoint. In the past. Bochum . a deeper This seemsto be thereasonwhythey do notevengive biographical hintsfor studyof pre-Marxist writings on Asia. In thegeneralintroduction.mostinteresting partpresents and a numberof reviews of hisoeuvreOriental Despotism. and Western Europeon the otherside. to mymind. theyunfortunately do not present Chineseauthor. the editorsseem to stressthe point that the thefactthat debateon theAMP has becomemorescholarly overtheyears and neglect it has latelyagain shownits politicalpoweras partof the processof understanding East European societies and of reevaluating Marxism among WesternEuropean intellectuals. In the introduction to part 1. SUSANNE WEIGELIN-SCHWIEDRZIK RuhrUniversity. On the one hand. which is rather unhelpful to the reader. discussionof the AMP has it will not primarily mainlybeen political.900 JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES phyof "works referred to in thetextswritten bytheeditors and additional sources on theAMP" (p. whichI feelwould be of greathelp forthe readerin understanding the background of the articlesby Marx and Engels.By tryto developthe conceptbyapplyingit to thestudyof "precapitalist" theirchoice of readingsin this part.The editors aspectof the AMP and its politicalimplications but to my themselves conceiveof the conceptas being both politicaland scientific. concentrating on the questions of internalism versusexternalism. unfortunately forgetting to includesomeofthetitlesthey quote in theirintroductions. they societies.A. 13). 336). althoughevenherethe reader gets the impression thanof one takestowardthe AMP is morea questionof Weltanschauung standpoint scientific research. at least implicitly. and it seems to me that in the future debate but will once again become a occupyan important place in the scientific who tryto define politicaland ideologicaltool. Althoughthe editorsunderlinethe close connectionof the debate to the question of how to a textfrom a legitimate the revolution in China. especiallyfor"Marxistdissidents" their withtheSovietUnion and Eastern rolein thepowerconstellation Europeon the one side and the U. The secondpartconcentrates on thediscussion oftheconceptin theSovietUnion with the introduction explaining the political backgroundand its implications concerning the policyof the CPSU underStalinand the Comintern. discussesthe AMP) nor those by Western like the nouveaux and theircriticism of Marxism European intellectuals philosophes (whichis closelyrelatedto the conceptof the AMP). Althoughapparently awareof this. mind theyoverstress the scientific aspect. the editorsdo not seem to be interestedin this aspect because theyneitherinclude textswrittenby authorslike RudolfBahro (who.

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