Description - Labour Migration and Social Development in Contemporary China by Rachel Murphy
Since the mid-1980s, mass migration from the countryside to urban areas has been one of the most dramatic and noticeable changes in China. Labour migration has not only exerted a profound impact on China's economy; it has also had far-reaching consequences for its social development. This book examines labour migration in China, focusing in particular on the social dimensions of this phenomenon. Providing comprehensive coverage of the aspects of labour migration most pertinent to social development, it explores the role of labour migration in poverty alleviation; the uses and costs of remittances and the implications for generational and gender inequalities within families; the reform of urban social security and medical insurance systems to include migrants; the provision of schools for migrants' children; the provision of reproductive and sexual health services to migrants; the mobilization of women workers' social networks to improve factory conditions; and the role of NGOs in providing social services for migrants.Throughout, it considers the impact of the recent policy shift of the Chinese government, which has made social issues more central to national development policies, under the theme of achieving a "harmonious society", and has initiated policy reforms pertaining to migration.
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Author Biography - Rachel Murphy
Rachel Murphy is University Lecturer in the Sociology of China and Faculty Fellow at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Her publications include How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China (2002), Chinese Citizenship: Views from the Margins (2006, co-ed with V. L. Fong), Media, Identity and Struggle in 21st Century China (2008, co-ed with V. L. Fong) and articles in China Quarterly, Population and Development Review and Journal of Peasant Studies.