Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China / Edition 1

Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China / Edition 1

by Mobo C. F. Gao
     
 

This book is about Gao Village, in Jiangxi province, where the author was born and brought up, leaving when he was twenty-one to study English at Xiamen University. Since emigrating to Australia in 1990, he has returned every year to Gao Village, where his brother still lives. Several accounts of village life in China have been published, but all have been by Western… See more details below

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This book is about Gao Village, in Jiangxi province, where the author was born and brought up, leaving when he was twenty-one to study English at Xiamen University. Since emigrating to Australia in 1990, he has returned every year to Gao Village, where his brother still lives. Several accounts of village life in China have been published, but all have been by Western or urban Chinese scholars. Mobo Gao's account is in every sense one from the inside. Though written as an academic work, it does not eschew personal stories and experiences relevant to the themes addressed. These cover a forty-year period and fall into four distinct themes; the village before and after land reform; the commune system; the dismantling of the communes; and the unfolding impact of the market economy, including increased migration to urban areas, from the late 1980s onwards.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824831929
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Maps
Preface and Acknowledgements
1The Study of Rural China and the Case of Gao Village1
2The Setting4
3Land, Water and Local Politics11
4Population and Politics25
5Living Standards42
6Rural Health72
7Rural Education92
8The Great Leap Forward122
9The Cultural Revolution142
10Reforms since the Late 1970s171
11Migrant Workers200
12Change and Continuity: Culture and Customs223
13Gao Village and the Outside World246
14Conclusion255
App. 1: Bibliography of works on rural studies referred to in Chapter 1265
App. 2: Statistical tables268
App. 3: Select glossary of terms used in text; with Chinese characters277
Index283

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