This groundbreaking book offers the first in-depth, large-scale study of People's Liberation Army veterans and military families. Neil Diamant's penetrating examination of the treatment of PLA veterans in China opens a distinctive window onto Chinese patriotism, citizenship, and legitimacy. Using recently declassified archival documents and employing a comparative perspective, the book provides an unprecedented look at the "everyday interactions" among veterans, military families, state officials, and ordinary citizens as they attempted to secure urban residence, jobs, spouses, medical care, and respect as patriots.
Neil J. Diamant is associate professor of Asian law and society and chair of the Department of Political Science at Dickinson College.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: To the City or Bust: Veterans and the Quest for Urban Citizenship Chapter 3: The Complications of Veteran Identities Chapter 4: The Job Front Chapter 5: Stuck in the State's Cement and Falling Through Its Cracks: Veterans in Policy and Bureaucracy Chapter 6: Vulnerable Heroes: Veterans' Heath, Family, and Sexuality in Chinese Politics Chapter 7: Between Glory and Welfare: Military Families, the State, and Community Chapter 8: Salt in the Wounds: Veterans in the Reform Era, 1978-2007 Chapter 9: Conclusion: Walter Reed, Iraq, and China Appendix A: A Brief Survey of Archival Materials in China Appendix B: Selected Character List Appendix C: Source Materials