Rural China: Economic and Social Change in the Late Twentieth Century: Economic and Social Change in the Late Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Jie Fan, Thomas Heberer, Wolfgang Taubmann

Routledge
Published January 1, 2005
Reference - 416 Pages
ISBN 9780765608185 - CAT# Y183084

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Summary

This book reports the findings of two field studies conducted between 1993 and 2001 in seven townships and six provinces in China. The authors describe the process of rural urbanization and its related economic, social, and political changes by focusing mainly on the zhen (town), in addition to administrative offices and companies involved in the local economy, and village committees. The authors show that the social changes resulting from China's economic reforms are occurring mainly from below, and that this process is also resulting in a weakening of the economic and political dominance of the central government. Other changes discussed in this study include the development of new ownership structures and the increasing dominance of the private sector; a shift in the functions of administrative offices as the bureaucracy becomes increasingly business oriented; the rise of a new local elite; a rebirth of traditional social structures (clans, local associations); and the emergence of new interest groups and institutions to represent their needs.

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