9780415341134

China Along the Yellow River: Reflections on Rural Society

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415341134

  • ISBN10:

    0415341132

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-02-08
  • Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon
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Summary

This text had a major impact in its original Chinese version. Reviewed in the Far East Economic Review as 'one of the richest portraits of the Chinese countryside published in the reform era', the book charts a long journey through the hinterland region of the Yellow River undertaken by the author between 1994 and 1996. It examines in exhaustive detail the lives and work of peasants, Party and local government officials, providing a wealth of data on the nature of life in post-reform rural China. The author argues that global integration is but the latest 'great leap forward' in a succession of periodic reforms going back over a hundred years, that in every case it is China's farmers who bear the brunt of the changes, that in the past they have always rebelled, and, he predicts, they will do so again.

Table of Contents

Translators' foreword ix
NICKY HARMAN AND HUANG RUHUA
Introduction: a Chinese ethnography of rural state and society 1(16)
RACHEL MURPHY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
China along the Yellow River 17(226)
Historical and theoretical aspects of sociological research
17(2)
Making arrangements
19(2)
Three misfortunes facing the peasants
21(3)
Promotion prospects
24(8)
A visit to a 'Model of Prosperity' village
32(6)
The election of the 'top ten officials'
38(1)
Two wedding customs: 'pressing the bed' and 'bean stuffing'
39(2)
A woman who had escaped the confines of traditional village life
41(3)
A visit to the Kaifeng County Party Secretary, 'Yang the Just'
44(5)
The apple orchard owner
49(5)
More on Village Party Secretaries and corruption
54(4)
The Eye Goddess temple
58(7)
Abortion targets bureaucracy gone mad
65(2)
Imperious officials in China's interior
67(2)
An economically important town - Chenliu
69(10)
Joint enterprises and family-run businesses in Zhugingzhai Village
79(9)
Local government in a predicament over the 'veto' system
88(6)
The carve-up of power at xiang or town level
94(15)
A visit to Chenliu's Head of Finance
109(6)
Liudian xiang - land reclaimed from the Yellow River
115(5)
Liudian's drainage project
120(3)
Village cadres who kept the flood drainage work going
123(8)
Five perks for the Village Party Secretary
131(13)
Trip to southern Henan
144(1)
Dual Field System
145(4)
A reflection on the Xinyang Affair
149(2)
Some issues of mutual concern
151(8)
A visit to the Xinyang region
159(2)
Tensions between Party and people
161(6)
Tobacco and cotton - crops doomed to fail
167(10)
One person can make or break a kingdom
177(4)
'Can't find a law that fits'
181(13)
The county head talks about controlling the officials
194(4)
Visiting the old lady at Dongjia Huts
198(5)
Purchasing favour or reciprocating hospitality?
203(5)
Borrowing money to make tax payments
208(4)
An episode at Zhengzhou station
212(2)
The final stage of my trip - the Luo River
214(7)
How the hill folk lived
221(7)
The bullying brothers
228(3)
Fighting for poor county' status
231(4)
'Cadre visits are a waste of petrol'
235(1)
Back from the northern Chinese plains
236(7)
Notes 243(3)
Appendix 246(5)
Index 251

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