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Village China under socialism and reform : a micro history, 1948-2008 /
Huaiyin Li.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2009.
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xv, 402 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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9780804759748 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2009.
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9780804759748 (cloth : alk. paper)
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6798760
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-387) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-10-01:
Based upon extensive use of rare local documentation as well as the author's intimate familiarity with his own local community, this well-crafted analysis of rural revolutionary transformation in east-central China deserves a wide reading. Li (Univ. of Texas, Austin) establishes how the inhabitants of Qin village, Jiangsu province, artfully managed to resist and then pragmatically adjust to Maoist agricultural collectivization up to the disastrous Great Leap Forward (1958-60). His book offers a superior appreciation of how subtly intertwined political and economic relationships between local cadres and fellow villagers played out over the longer term. Collective agriculture did in fact increase output and significantly raise living standards through ecological and technical innovations, yet extortionate fiscal policies siphoned far too much of the resultant surplus to the state. Qin villagers have hugely profited from decollectivization, fiscal liberalization, and the rapid expansion of industrial development since the 1980s. They are also gaining more control over their immediate political, cultural, and social lives as the long reach of the party-state appreciably recedes from village China. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, and above. R. P. Gardella emeritus, United States Merchant Marine Academy
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"There is a burgeoning literature tracing change and continuity in post-revolutionary China. This book is among the best of that field. Using a rare, comprehensive collection of village accounts, records, and cadres' diaries, a series of interviews conducted during lengthy visits over a period of 14 years, and a level of access and familiarity afforded him as a native-born villager, Huaiyin Li has reconstructed the political economic history of Qin village, in central Jiangsu, between the Maoist and post-Mao periods . . . Well-written, strongly argued, and based on impressive analysis of fine-grained empirical evidence, this undoubtedly is one of the best case-studies of China's rural political economy in the latter part of the 20th century. It makes a major contribution to our understanding of political-economic trends throughout this turbulent period of history, and will serve as an important source of information for scholars and students alike."--Sally Sargeson, East Asia: An International Quarterly
"Throughout the book, Li skillfully interweaves contextual information and quantitative data recovered from documents rarely explored by students of contemporary China... this is a well designed and admirably executed work that sets a new standard for the study of the political economy of rural China. Readers will find it informative and inspiring."-- Journal of Chinese Political Science
"Throughout the book, Li skillfully interweaves contextual information and quantitative data recovered from documents rarely explored by students of contemporary China... this is a well designed and admirably executed work that sets a new standard for the study of the political economy of rural China. Readers will find it informative and inspiring."--Journal of Chinese Political Science
"The book is the product of impeccable scholarship, a combination of rigorous archival research and extensive fieldwork. Huaiyin Li's firsthand knowledge and personal connections have enabled him to probe a village community's 'informal and often invisible structures', and he has persuasively demonstrated the critical role that those 'subinstitutions' have played in determining the direction of Party-peasant relations in Qin village, a microcosm of village China, during the PRC's first 60 years."--Pauline Keating,The China Journal
"Drawing on intensive fieldwork in his native village, Huaiyin Li's book is the first to reconstruct and analyze the grassroots political economy of a Chinese village in the Maoist and post-Mao periods. Well written and insightful, it illuminates what Chinese farmers have faced in their daily lives." --Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Center, Australian National University
"Based upon extensive use of rare local documentation as well as the author's intimate familiarity with his own local community, this well-crafted analysis of rural evolutionary transformation in east-central China deserves a wide reading."-- CHOICE
"Based upon extensive use of rare local documentation as well as the author's intimate familiarity with his own local community, this well-crafted analysis of rural evolutionary transformation in east-central China deserves a wide reading."--CHOICE
"Based on a wonderfully detailed and documented case study of Qin village located within Dongtai County of Jiangsu province (now Dongtai Municipality), Huaiyin Li opens a genuinely new window on the trials, travails, and successes of many local places in rural China and joins these to an equally effective analysis of some of the greater forces under which rural places in China pragmatically operated from the revolution to 2008."Gregory Veeck, China Review International
"Huaiyin Li provides a comprehensive and systematic study of rural life after the founding of PRC .... the book is refreshing in its theoretical perspective, compelling in its arguments and meticulous in the extensive details it presents of peasants' lives and production in rural China."--Jin Di,China Quarterly
"Huanying Li Provides a comprehensive and systematic study of rural life after the founding of PRC .... the book is refreshing in its theoretical perspective, compelling in its arguments and meticulous in the extensive details it presents of peasants' lives and production in rural China."--Jin Di,China Quarterly
"The book is a sequel to the author's well-received 2005 monograph, Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936(Stanford University Press). Together, these two extraordinarily detailed works have done a great deal to illuminate the interior dynamics of Chinese rural political economy in the late 19th and 20th centuries."Thomas D. Curran, Journal of Asian History
"Drawing on intensive fieldwork in his native village, Huaiyin Li's book is the first to reconstruct and analyze the grassroots political economy of a Chinese village in the Maoist and post-Mao periods. Well written and insightful, it illuminates what Chinese farmers have faced in their daily lives." Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Center, Australian National University
"Huaiyin Li provides a comprehensive and systematic study of rural life after the founding of PRC .... the book is refreshing in its theoretical perspective, compelling in its arguments and meticulous in the extensive details it presents of peasants' live
"The book is the product of impeccable scholarship, a combination of rigorous archival research and extensive fieldwork. Huaiyin Li's firsthand knowledge and personal connections have enabled him to probe a village community's 'informal and often invisible structures', and he has persuasively demonstrated the critical role that those 'subinstitutions' have played in determining the direction of Party-peasant relations in Qin village, a microcosm of village China, during the PRC's first 60 years."--Pauline Keating, The China Journal
"Huaiyin Li provides a comprehensive and systematic study of rural life after the founding of PRC .... the book is refreshing in its theoretical perspective, compelling in its arguments and meticulous in the extensive details it presents of peasants' lives and production in rural China."--Jin Di, China Quarterly
"Throughout the book, Li skillfully interweaves contextual information and quantitative data recovered from documents rarely explored by students of contemporary China... this is a well designed and admirably executed work that sets a new standard for th
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This title offers an account of rural life in China after the communist revolution, detailing villager involvement in political campaigns since the 1950s, agricultural production under the collective system, family farming and non-agricultural economy in the reform, and much more.
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Village China Under Socialism and Reformoffers a comprehensive account of rural life after the communist revolution, detailing villager involvement in political campaigns since the 1950s, agricultural production under the collective system, family farming and non-agricultural economy in the reform, and everyday life in the family and community. Li's rich examination draws on original documents from local agricultural collectives, newly accessible government archives, and his own fieldwork in Qin village of Jiangsu province to highlight the continuities in rural transformation. Firmly disagreeing with those who claim that recent developments in rural China represent a radical break with pre-reform sociopolitical practices and patterns of production, Li instead draws a clear history connecting the current situation to ecological, social, and institutional changes that have persisted from the collective era.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Notes on Weights, Measures, and Currencyp. ix
Administrative Changes in Qin Villagep. x
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Deference and Defiance in the 1950s
Interest, Identity, and Ideology: The Collectivization of Agriculturep. 23
"People's Disturbances": Resistance to Agricultural Collectivizationp. 50
The Great Leap Forward and Its Aftermathp. 81
Power and Control Under Socialism
"Rightful Weapons": Political Participation Under the Collectivep. 107
The Cultural Revolution: A Multifaceted Experiencep. 139
The Reach of the State: Rural Control During the Cultural Revolutionp. 160
Individuals, the Family, and the Collective
Everyday Strategies for Team Farmingp. 185
The Family Cycle and Income Disparityp. 208
Agricultural Growth and Social Changep. 229
The Reform Era
Decollectivizationp. 267
The Retreat of the State: Village Politics and Community Lifep. 291
From Government to Governancep. 315
Conclusionp. 335
Notesp. 357
Referencesp. 369
List of Charactersp. 389
Indexp. 395
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