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The Accidental Capitalist : A People's Story of the New China

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In the last three decades China has experienced the largest population movement in human history. Millions have left behind homes to find work and new opportunities in the emerging mega-cities.Through months of sustained interpersonal contact with migrant workers and factory owners, Behzad Yaghmaian paints a unique portrait of a country experiencing the turmoil of rapid development. His close listening has produced an intimate look at the hopes, hardships, triumphs and tragedies of those behind the Chinese 'economic dragon'.The Accidental Capitalist reveals the human reality behind China's rise to global-superpower status.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 148 x 228 x 8mm | 222.26g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745332307
  • 9780745332307
  • 1,251,870

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'A modern Alexis de Tocqueville' -- Publishers Weekly 'Like Ian Johnson's Wild Grass or Leslie Chang's Factory Girls, The Accidental Capitalist takes us to the epicenter of China's world-changing transition through a series of portraits of the men and women who make that change possible' -- Professor James Millward, History, Georgetown University 'A fascinating, moving and highly readable book' -- Jeff Crisp, Head, Policy Development and Evaluation Service, UNHCR 'This remarkable book paints intimate portraits of some of the faceless millions of migrant workers who have made China's economic miracle possible' -- Ivan Watson, CNN Foreign Correspondentshow more

About Behzad Yaghmaian

Behzad Yaghmaian is Professor of Political Economy at Ramapo College, New Jersey. He has taught in the United States, Iran and Turkey. He is author of Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West, and Social Change in Iran: An Eyewitness Account of Dissent, Defiance, and Movements for Rights.show more

Table of contents

History Timeline Maps Introduction: The Greatest Migration BOOK I: Tenants of Li Family, The Beautiful Rose Garden, The Li Family Village, The Portrait of Mao, Grandpa, The Communists Buried their Soldiers, The Great Famine, The Decorator's Fortune, The Scent of Fresh Grass BOOK II: Migrant Girls' Long March, Toy Factory Girls, I Want to See the World, The Great Flood, Bean Curds, I Will Be My Own Boss, Red Lanterns on the Mountain, A White Color Worker BOOK III: The Accidental Capitalist, Zhao Gang: The Declining Export-Processing Industries, Child Labor, Ancestor's Tomb, Lujiang Leaving for Shenzhen, Arise, You Prisoners of Starvation BOOK IV: A Man for All Seasons, Yue Haitao: Saving the World in the New China, Leaving Qingdao, Running to Die, Taking Side, Own a Piece of America, The Bastille Day Conclusions Indexshow more

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