Making Capitalism in Rural China

Making Capitalism in Rural China

by Michael Webber


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This stimulating and challenging book explores the duplicitous nature of development in China. On the positive side, it brings longer and healthier lives; fewer children dead before they are five years old; more comfort and security from famine and disaster; more education; more communication; more travel; less war. But from another, darker perspective, development brings violence to some people – those who are in the way of the new things, those who cannot adapt to the new ways – and it threatens old knowledges, habits and societies as it disrupts old power structures.
Michael Webber presents fascinating case studies that demonstrate what these forms of development mean for people who are relatively weak or powerless – those who post-colonial theorists call the subalterns. The cases illustrate how development can change the manner in which people relate to each other and threatens their entire environment. Through this detailed consideration of the impacts of development on the people who live in those places, he examines whether these changes represent the emergence of capitalism or a transition, develops a theory of relationships between economy and daily life and questions the very nature of Chinese capitalism.
This multidisciplinary study encompasses the social sciences to provide a coherent view of the forms that development takes in various places within rural China. As such, it will prove a fascinating and thought-provoking read for undergraduates, postgraduate students and researchers within economics, Asian studies, development studies and geography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857934093
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Webber, The School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia

Table of Contents

Contents: Principal Leaders in the Central Government Since the 1982 Constitution 1. Development is Not a Dinner Party 2. Rich Wang’s Village: Marketing the Dairy Economy 3. Buying Out Collectives and Farms 4. ‘We Never Forcibly Evict Anybody, Except Those Who Refuse to Move’ 5. ‘May God Bless Our Injured Land...’ 6. Water Wallies 7. ‘The Miracle of Creation’ 8. Ethnicity, Poverty, Migration 9. Development is the Irrefutable Fact References Index

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