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Rural Transformations And Development – China In Context

The Everyday Lives of Policies and People

Norman Long , Jingzhong Ye , Yihuan Wang

Edited by Norman Long, Professor Emeritus, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Adjunct Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China and Honorary Fellow, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds, UK, Ye Jingzhong, Professor of Development Studies and Deputy Dean, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China and Wang Yihuan, Professor of Development Studies, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

2010 408 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 093 8
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 699 2

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‘Interesting comparative perspectives are coupled to extensive on-the-ground research in this exploration of the vast changes underway in China’s villages. This book by 21 specialists pushes forward our knowledge of the circumstances and challenges faced by an eighth of humankind.’
– Jonathan Unger, Australian National University

Contents
Contributors: A. Arce, H. Bernstein, S.G. Chatelard, F. Christiansen, A. Escobar, X. Huang, X. Li, J. Liu, X. Liu, N. Long, G. Mummert, B. Roberts, J.D. van der Ploeg, M. Villarreal, Y. Wang, J. Ye, K. Zhang, X. Zhao, D. Zhou

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‘This book is commended to rural development specialists, rural sociologists and anthropologists. These groups cover both, academics and practitioners who are interested in agrarian and development issues in China in particular and the world more generally.’
– Axel Wolz, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

‘Rural Transformations and Development – China in Context is a thoughtful book in both senses – penetrating and packed with ideas. True to its title, it takes the reader through the main socio-economic and political changes of Chinese rural society. The book brings together a selected group of authoritative, international experts on agricultural development with particular reference to China. It is a good read for everyone, and an eminently recommendable text for professionals and students interested in issues of China’s rural change.’
– Peter Ho, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

‘This is an insightful and excellent theoretical and empirical collection about China’s contemporary agrarian transformation critically studied – not in isolation from either the urban sector or the broader world, but in relation to these. It is a must-read for academics and development policy practitioners who are interested in agrarian and development issues in China in particular and the world more generally.’
– Saturnino M. Borras Jr, Saint Mary’s University, Canada

‘Bringing together contributions by some of the leading Western scholars working on paths of rural transformation with studies by their counterparts in China, this book examines the value of contemporary development theories for understanding the specificities of China’s trajectory of change. It is a first-class contribution both to Modern China studies and to the renaissance of international research on agrarian change that is now going on. It deserves a wide readership.’
– John Harriss, Simon Fraser University at Vancouver, Canada

‘Interesting comparative perspectives are coupled to extensive on-the-ground research in this exploration of the vast changes underway in China’s villages. This book by 19 specialists pushes forward our knowledge of the circumstances and challenges faced by an eighth of humankind.’
– Jonathan Unger, Australian National University

This unique book explores the varied perspectives on contemporary processes of rural transformation and policy intervention in China.

The expert contributors combine a critical review of current theoretical viewpoints and global debates with a series of case studies that document the specificities of China’s pathways to change. Central issues focus on the dynamics of state–peasant encounters; the diversification of labour and livelihoods; out-migration and the blurring of rural and urban scenarios; the significance of issues of ‘value’ and ‘capital’ and their gender implications; land ownership and sustainable resource management; struggles between administrative cadres and local actors; and the dilemmas of ‘participatory’ development.

Rural Transformations and Development – China in Context will prove a fascinating and stimulating read for academics and researchers in the areas of Asian studies, development and agriculture, and public policy.

Full table of contents

Contents:

Preface

Introduction
Norman Long

PART I: AGRARIAN DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION
1. Histories of Development, Predicaments of Modernity: Thinking About Globalization from Some Critical Development Studies Perspectives
Arturo Escobar

2. Peasants, Territorial Cooperatives and the Agrarian Question
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

3. Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change: Bringing Class Back in
Henry Bernstein

4. Value, Gender and Capital: Frameworks of Calculation in Micro-Financial Practices
Magdalena Villarreal

PART II: ENCOUNTERING THE STATE: PEASANT LIVELIHOOD ISSUES
5. Building Livelihoods: How Chinese Peasants Deal with State Regulation of Opportunity and Risk
Flemming Christiansen

6. Land to the Tiller: The Complexities of Land Ownership and Use in a
North China Village
Zhao Xudong

PART III: URBANIZATION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AND MIGRATION DILEMMAS
7. Urbanization, Decentralization and the Reorganization of Rural Life
Bryan Roberts

8. Rural Urbanization in Phoenix Village: Revisiting a Village in Guangdong Province
Zhou Daming with Huang Xueliang

9. Growing Up and Growing Old in Rural Mexico and China: Care-giving for the Young and the Elderly at the Family–State Interface
Gail Mummert

10. Rural–Urban Migration and the Plight of ‘Left-behind Children’
in Mid-west China
Ye Jingzhong, Wang Yihuan and Zhang Keyun

PART IV: POLITICS OF POLICY AND PARTICIPATION
11. State Policy Intervention in an Era of Civic Participation
Alberto Arce

12. Stalemate of Participation: Participatory Village Development Planning for Poverty Alleviation in China
Li Xiaoyun and Liu Xiaoqian

13. How Local Politics Shape Intervention Practices in the Xiaolongshan Forest Region of Gansu, NW China
Liu Jinlong

14. ‘Accountability’ in Contemporary Rural China: Yu Lu Village Case Study
Solange Guo Chatelard

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