Zhang, S and McGhee, D (2018) Regaining Honour and Regaining Legitimacy: Shame, Obedience and Risk Practices Amongst Chinese Communist Officials. Economy and Society. ISSN 0308-5147

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As part of its anti-corruption campaigns in China, the Communist Party of China (CCP) provides officials opportunities to redeem themselves and renew their vows of loyalty to the Party and the people they serve. Officials must regain honour through a process of self-confrontation and self-renunciation in compulsory meetings in which they are encouraged to transform their immoral thoughts and behaviours through confessional criticism and self-criticism practices. These meetings facilitate officials’ redemption through a divinized, ritualistic and theatrical process. In the process of confession and penance, officials must expose themselves to a type of ritual martyrdom, which combines elements of shame, a commitment to absolute obedience and exposure to risk. This paper is based on original fieldwork comprising 50 interviews with high-, mid- and low-level officials across China during 2014 and 2015.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) will be available online via Taylor & Francis at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reso20/current - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: redemption, honour, Communist Party of China, ethics, legitimacy, anti-corruption
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5333

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