The 1983 Strike-Hard Campaign in China: a Moral Panic?

  title={The 1983 Strike-Hard Campaign in China: a Moral Panic?},
  author={Mengliang Dai},
  journal={British Journal of Criminology},
  • Mengliang Dai
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Criminology
Though more than three decades have passed since the launch of Strike Hard in 1983, its impact on crimes remains. Most of the literature on the campaign so far has been theoretically and methodologically limited. Using historical materials and interview data, this paper establishes an integrated theoretical framework and aims at investigating whether and how a moral panic was constructed. This study argues that the top leader played a decisive role in engineering the moral panic during the… Expand


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