The Growth of Market Relations in Post-Reform Rural China

The Growth of Market Relations in Post-Reform Rural China : A Micro-Analysis of Peasants, Migrants and Peasant Entrepeneurs

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This book, based on in-depth field research at the local level, assesses the different factors that are contributing to the transition to a market economy and the growth of networks in rural China. It analyses the different socio-economic actors - peasant households, out-migrants, family businesses and peasant entrepreneurs, uses the key concept of markets as a nexus of social networks, and identifies three different kinds of 'social capital' - human capital, political capital/status, and network capital. This book demonstrates the importance of socio-political networks and highlights significant regional more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.97mm | 362g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138862851
  • 9781138862852

Review quote

'This volume contains an abundance of first-hand information about China's peasants, migrants and peasant entrepreneurs, and deepens our understanding of the transition that is currently underway in rural China.' - Pacific Affairs Review in China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004show more

About Hiroshi Sato

Hiroshi Sato is Professor of Chinese Economy and Society at the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests are economic and social behaviour of household, labour market formation, distribution of household incomde, and poverty more

Table of contents

1. Introduction2. Network Capital, Political Capital, and Bazaar Economy in Rural Yunnan: Family Business Survey in a Periodic Market3. TVE Reform and the Patron-Client Networks between Peasant Entrepreneurs and the Local Government: Sunan vs. Wenzhou Model Reconsidered4. Migration, the Job Search, and the Social Networks: Three Surveys on Rural-Urban Migration5. How Does Local Government Try to Mobilize the Social Networks?: Micro Political Economy of Microfinance in Rural Yunnan6. Income Generation and Access to Economic Opportunities: A Comparative Village Analysis7. The Continuity and Vitality of Small Peasant Households: A Case Study of Household Bahaviour under the Commune System8. Concluding Remarks: Marketization and Networks in Postreform Rural Chinashow more