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Revolution, resistance, and reform in village China [electronic resource] /
Edward Friedman, Paul G. Pickowicz, Mark Selden.
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2005.
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x, 340 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0300108966 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2005.
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0300108966 (cloth : alk. paper)
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8846135
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-04-01:
Fourteen years after their first joint effort, Friedman (political science, Univ. of Wisconsin), Pickowicz (history, Univ. of California, San Diego), and Selden (sociology, Binghamton Univ.) have produced another multidisciplinary classic. Like their 1991 Chinese Village, Socialist State (CH, Oct'91, 29-1046), this book is heavy on fieldwork, including 30 research visits to interview again many of the informants used for their first book. This new work is a microcosm of the uneven dynamics of revolution, economic development, reform, and resistance across China. Hebei, an interior province where Wugong Village and Raoyang County are located, remains one of the two poorest provinces in China. Hebei also ranks last in all-important foreign loans and direct investment. Even the key north-south Kowloon-Beijing railroad, which runs through the area, has netted tantalizing few economic benefits. Corruption and abuse of power by government officials are still rife. Of special interest are eight statistical tables on crop cultivation, yield, and sale; population and labor utilization; collective income and distribution; and agricultural machinery to 1982. Three maps and 34 photographs span generations. No Chinese glossary. A classic suitable for all levels, and a must library acquisition. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All libraries. H. T. Wong emeritus, Eastern Washington University
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" ... [The authors] have succeeded ... in describing the daily experience of villagers in a 'centralized authoritarian China.'"Jonathan Mirsky, New York Review of Books
[The authors] have succeeded in describing the daily experience of villagers in a centralized authoritarian China. Jonathan Mirsky, New York Review of Books
� � [The authors] have succeeded � in describing the daily experience of villagers in a �centralized authoritarian China.���Jonathan Mirsky, New York Review of Books
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors' now classic Chinese Village, Socialist State . By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China."- Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors'' now classicChinese Village, Socialist State. By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China."Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors'' now classic "Chinese Village, Socialist State," By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China."--Jonathan Spence, Yale University
�Based on more than two decades of eye-opening interviews with villagers, Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China richly illuminates the recent history of rural China.��Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University
Based on more than two decades of eye-opening interviews with villagers, Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China richly illuminates the recent history of rural China. Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University
"Fifty years from now, scholars and historians will still be reading this volume and its predecessor as the indispensable guides to the lived experience of rural China through the tumultuous years of the twentieth century. It is not even a slight exaggeration to call this a monumental achievement: one accomplished by dint of great patience, great cultural and linguistic knowledge, great respect for their subjects, and an unfailing sense of how to convey the micro-history of world-shaking events. I am in awe . . . and also greatly in their debt."-James C. Scott, Yale University
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors' now classsic Chinese Village, Socialist State. By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China."-Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"Fifty years from now, scholars and historians will still be reading this volume and its predecessor as the indispensable guides to the lived experience of rural China through the tumultuous years of the twentieth century. It is not even a slight exaggeration to call this a monumental achievement: one accomplished by dint of great patience, great cultural and linguistic knowledge, great respect for their subjects, and an unfailing sense of how to convey the micro-history of world-shaking events. I am in awe . . . and also greatly in their debt."--James C. Scott, Yale University
" ... [The authors] have succeeded ... in describing the daily experience of villagers in a 'centralized authoritarian China.'"--Jonathan Mirsky, "New York"" Review of Books"
." [The authors] have succeeded . in describing the daily experience of villagers in a centralized authoritarian China.'" -- Jonathan Mirsky "New York Review of Books"
." ÝThe authors¨ have succeeded . in describing the daily experience of villagers in a centralized authoritarian China.'" -- Jonathan Mirsky "New York Review of Books"
"Based on more than two decades of eye-opening interviews with villagers, Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village Chinarichly illuminates the recent history of rural China."Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University
,.". [The authors] have succeeded ... in describing the daily experience of villagers in a 'centralized authoritarian China.'"
," [The authors] have succeeded . in describing the daily experience of villagers in a centralized authoritarian China.'"
" . [The authors] have succeeded . in describing the daily experience of villagers in a 'centralized authoritarian China.'"-Jonathan Mirsky,New YorkReview of Books
"Part of a truly major research project...documents in rich detail the human problems that lie behind the standard story of the developments of Chinese national policy."
�Part of a truly major research project...documents in rich detail the human problems that lie behind the standard story of the developments of Chinese national policy.�
Part of a truly major research project...documents in rich detail the human problems that lie behind the standard story of the developments of Chinese national policy.
"Fifty years from now, scholars and historians will still be reading this volume and its predecessor as the indispensable guides to the lived experience of rural China through the tumultuous years of the twentieth century. It is not even a slight exaggeration to call this a monumental achievement: one accomplished by dint of great patience, great cultural and linguistic knowledge, great respect for their subjects, and an unfailing sense of how to convey the micro-history of world-shaking events. I am in awe . . . and also greatly in their debt."�James C. Scott, Yale University
"Fifty years from now, scholars and historians will still be reading this volume and its predecessor as the indispensable guides to the lived experience of rural China through the tumultuous years of the twentieth century. It is not even a slight exaggeration to call this a monumental achievement: one accomplished by dint of great patience, great cultural and linguistic knowledge, great respect for their subjects, and an unfailing sense of how to convey the micro-history of world-shaking events. I am in awe . . . and also greatly in their debt." James C. Scott, Yale University
" ... [The authors] have succeeded ... in describing the daily experience of villagers in a 'centralized authoritarian China.'"Jonathan Mirsky,New YorkReview of Books
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors' now classic Chinese Village, Socialist State. By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China."�Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors'' now classic Chinese Village, Socialist State. By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China."Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"Based on more than two decades of eye-opening interviews with villagers, "Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China" richly illuminates the recent history of rural China."--Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University
"Fifty years from now, scholars and historians will still be reading this volume and its predecessor as the indispensable guides to the lived experience of rural China through the tumultuous years of the twentieth century. It is not even a slight exaggeration to call this a monumental achievement: one accomplished by dint of great patience, great cultural and linguistic knowledge, great respect for their subjects, and an unfailing sense of how to convey the micro-history of world-shaking events. I am in awe . . . and also greatly in their debt."James C. Scott, Yale University
"Based on more than two decades of eye-opening interviews with villagers,Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village Chinarichly illuminates the recent history of rural China."Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University
"Based on more than two decades of eye-opening interviews with villagers,Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village Chinarichly illuminates the recent history of rural China."-Jonathan Unger, Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University
"This book is an absorbing and finely researched sequel to the authors' now classic Chinese Village, Socialist State. By carrying their story onwards from the Great Leap down to the reform era, the authors have assured Boss Geng and Wugong village a definitive space in the history of modern China." Jonathan Spence, Yale University
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Summaries
Short Annotation
Drawing on nearly thirty years of field and documentary research in rural North China, this book explores the contested relationship between village and state since the 1960s.
Unpaid Annotation
Drawing on nearly thirty years of field and documentary research in rural North China, this book explores the contested relationship between village and state since the 1960s. The work extends the authors' prizewinning Chinese Village, Socialist State to the present, highlighting the important role of the countryside in the Cultural Revolution and assessing both dynamic changes that have transformed village China in the era of reform and cultural continuities. The authors bring the countryside to life through personal and poignant accounts of villagers across three generations of social upheaval. Highlighting the agency of local actors enmeshed in revolution, they underline the centrality of rural and rural-urban conflicts to Chinese politics and society.
Long Description
Drawing on more than a quarter century of field and documentary research in rural North China, this book explores the contested relationship between village and state from the 1960s to the start of the twenty-first century. The authors provide a vivid portrait of how resilient villagers struggle to survive and prosper in the face of state power in two epochs of revolution and reform. Highlighting the importance of intra-rural resistance and rural-urban conflicts to Chinese politics and society in the Great Leap and Cultural Revolution, the authors go on to depict the dynamic changes that have transformed village China in the post-Mao era of reform. This book continues the dramatic story in the authors' prizewinning "Chinese Village, Socialist State. Plumbing previously untapped sources, including interviews, archival materials, village records and unpublished memoirs, diaries and letters, the authors capture the struggles, pains and achievements of villagers across three generations of social upheaval.
Main Description
Drawing on more than a quarter century of field and documentary research in rural North China, this book explores the contested relationship between village and state from the 1960s to the start of the twenty-first century. The authors provide a vivid portrait of how resilient villagers struggle to survive and prosper in the face of state power in two epochs of revolution and reform. Highlighting the importance of intra-rural resistance and rural-urban conflicts to Chinese politics and society in the Great Leap and Cultural Revolution, the authors go on to depict the dynamic changes that have transformed village China in the post-Mao era. This book continues the dramatic story in the authors' prizewinning Chinese Village, Socialist State. Plumbing previously untapped sources, including interviews, archival materials, village records and unpublished memoirs, diaries and letters, the authors capture the struggles, pains and achievements of villagers across three generations of social upheaval.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Drawing on nearly 30 years of field and documentary research in rural North China, this book explores the contested relationship between village and state since the 1960's. The authors bring the countryside to life through personal and poignant accounts of villagers across three generations of social upheaval.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preludep. 1
Back from the Brinkp. 6
Memory and Mythp. 28
Socialist Educationp. 46
A Whiffp. 59
Riding Highp. 71
The Stenchp. 84
Whatever Chairman Mao Saysp. 112
War Communismp. 132
Sprouts of Reformp. 151
Stalematep. 174
Tremorsp. 198
Earthquakesp. 222
Reformp. 240
Reform and Its Discontentsp. 262
Appendix of Tablesp. 287
List of Abbreviationsp. 301
Notesp. 303
Indexp. 323
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