Apathy Is Not Enough: Changing Modes of Student Management in Post-Mao China

Jerome Doyon, Konstantinos Tsimonis

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Chinese campuses have been remarkably calm since the post-1989 repression. Yet, the absence of contention masks profound changes in the party-state’s campus management tactics, exemplifying the different approaches authoritarian regimes employ to regiment students. Based on fieldwork before and after Xi Jinping’s rise to power (2012), we analyse the party-state’s move from a ‘corporatist’ to a ‘partification’ strategy on campus. Contrary to the literature that sees apathy and depoliticisation as the goal of the party-state’s management of campuses, we argue that these changes reveal the regime’s apprehension about student alienation from official political channels and constitute an effort to reverse it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1146
Number of pages24
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2022


  • China
  • Youth
  • Xi Jinping
  • University Students
  • Authoritarianism
  • Corporatism
  • Leninism
  • Apathy


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