How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China / Edition 1

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Murphy's in-depth fieldwork in rural China offers a rich basis for her findings about the impact of migration on many aspects of rural life: inequality; the organization of agricultural production; land transfers; livelihood diversification; spending patterns; house building; marriage; education; the position of women; social stability; and state-society relations. She investigates the little-studied phenomenon of entrepreneurship by returned migrants, their contribution to rural industrialization and rural town construction, and their role in political lobbying. Her analysis focuses on the human experiences and strategies that precipitate shifts in national and local policies for economic development; she also examines the responses of migrants, nonmigrants, and officials to changing circumstances, obstacles, and opportunities. This pioneering study is rich in original source materials and anecdotes and also offers useful, comparative examples from other developing countries.
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"Murphy's approach to these and other issues is nuanced, drawing out the contradictions...All of this ethnographic detail provides rich ground for scholars seeking insights into social processes in rural China, and it is this audience that will find the book most appealing." Journal of Asian Business

"Perhaps most critically, [Murphy] demonstrates, in almost Schumpeterian fashion, the various ways in which market reforms have made it possible for returning migrants, having acquired new skills or enhanced old skills, to act as entrepeneurial catalysts for the economic and cultural transformation of rural China. Recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521005302
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Modern China Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits
Poem: "I Work in the City"
Map: People's Republic of China
Map: Jiangxi Province
Introduction: The Fieldwork 3
Introduction: Theoretical Approach 6
Introduction: Outline of the Study 7
1 Values, Goals, and Resources 10
2 China, Jiangxi, and the Fieldwork Counties 28
3 Resource Redistribution and Inequality 52
4 Migration, Remittances, and Goals 88
5 Recruiting Returnees to Build Enterprises and Towns 124
6 The Enterprises and the Entrepreneurs 144
7 Entrepreneurs, Socioeconomic Change, and Interactions with the State 177
8 Returning Home with Heavy Hearts and Empty Pockets 196
9 Conclusion 216
Notes 225
Bibliography 251
Index 277
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