What's a Peasant to Do?
Village Becoming Town in Southern China
By (author) Gregory Eliyu Guldin
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What's a Peasant to Do? by Gregory Eliyu Guldin
Book DescriptionSince China entered the post-Mao "Reform Era" in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Chinese economy has taken off as few economies ever have. Labor migration, rural enterprises, rising production, and globalization have all combined to end the isolation of the Chinese countryside. Yet although China's unsurpassed economic boom has produced reams of impressive statistics, has this economic growth led to improving the livelihood of the average Chinese person? Has development accompanied economic growth? Has the promise of "opening to the outside" been fulfilled in providing a better life for China's 1.2 billion-plus people? In this book, which is based on field work, Guldin presents and explores some of the changes sweeping through China in the 1990s that are affecting hundreds of millions of people. Guldin looks at the growth of town and village enterprises, labor mobility, and the other aspects of rural urbanization to investigate the connection between economic growth and development in contemporary China. The political changes at the village level, the swelling flows of capital, data, goods, and people, new ways of thinking and behaving, and a significant surge in social inequalities are all topis for chapter discussions. Guldin invites readers to face the same question that former Chinese peasants must face, namely, how to respond, as their villages are transformed forever.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813338002
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gregory Eliyu Guldin
Farewell to Peasant China, Paperback (June 1997)
Chinese urbanization, including the daily life, migration strategies, and life choices of villagers and townspeople, is the focus of this study by Chinese and North American scholars. The study looks at the urbanization process and the vitality of post-reform Chinese society.
Saga of Anthropology in China, Paperback (October 1993)» View all books by Gregory Eliyu Guldin
This work traces the development and turmoil surrounding the discipline of anthropology during the tumultuous events of 20th-century Chinese history. It describes the personalities shaping this history and the rivalry around the institutions involved.
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Author Biography - Gregory Eliyu Guldin
Gregory Eliyu Guldin is a cultural anthropologist with long experience in the study of changing Chinese society.
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