How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China

How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China

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One of the most dramatic and noticeable changes in China since the introduction of economic and social reforms in the early 1980s has been the mass migration of peasants from the countryside to urban areas across the country. 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. Her analysis focuses on the human experiences and strategies that precipitate shifts in national and local policies for economic development, and the responses of migrants, non-migrants, and officials to changing circumstances, obstacles and opportunities. This pioneering study is rich in original source materials and anecdotes, as well as useful, comparative examples from other developing countries.... have historically been characterized by tension, the immigrants contributed substantially to the development of three handicraft industries for which Wanzai was and still is renowned: grass cloth made from ramie, fuse paper, and fireworks .

Title:How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China
Author:Rachel Murphy
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2002-09-19


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