Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market (Paperback)

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For nearly four decades, China’s manufacturing boom has been powered by the labor of 287 million rural migrant workers, who travel seasonally between villages where they farm for subsistence and cities where they work. Yet recently local governments have moved away from manufacturing and toward urban expansion and construction as a development strategy. As a result, at least 88 million rural people to date have lost rights to village land. In Beneath the China Boom, Julia Chuang follows the trajectories of rural workers, who were once supported by a village welfare state and are now landless. This book provides a view of the undertow of China’s economic success, and the periodic crises—a rural fiscal crisis, a runaway urbanization—that it first created and now must resolve.

About the Author

Julia Chuang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College.

Praise For…

"This book is an outstanding new contribution to the literature on China’s urbanization as well as on socioeconomic development more broadly. Moreover, it is a very engaging read. I would highly recommend it to experts, scholars, as well as students from related disciplinary backgrounds."

— Asien: The German Journal on Contemporary Asia

 "Beneath the China Boom is an excellent example of unlocking large-scale social processes through multisited ethnography."
— American Journal of Sociology

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520305458
ISBN-10: 0520305450
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English

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