The Power of Tiananmen
State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement
Dingxin Zhao's award-winning The Power of Tiananmen is the definitive treatment of these historic events. Along with grassroots tales and interviews with the young men and women who launched the demonstrations, Zhao carries out a penetrating analysis of the many parallel changes in China's state-society relations during the 1980s. Such changes prepared an alienated academy, gave rise to ecology-based student mobilization, restricted government policy choices, and shaped student emotions and public opinion, all of which, Zhao argues, account for the tragic events in Tiananmen.
American Sociological Association: ASA-Charles Tilly Award for Best Book
ASA Section on Asia & Asian America: Outstanding Book Award