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Chinese Village, Socialist State
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on May 3, 2013
Indispensable for anyone seeking to understand life in rural China from the the late 1930s through the early 1960s. An extrordinary synthesis of disciplines--anthropology, history, and political science--that blends extensive field work with thorough archival research. The only shortcomings are editorial: a failure to introduce and summarize the issues covered in abundant, sometimes excessive and repetitive detail, in each chapter.
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on October 14, 2015
I hope my professor (one of the writers) doesn't read reviews. This book is really boring but super informative.
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on December 6, 2015
Book is boring, but came in great condition!
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on February 5, 2015
not good.
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on October 8, 2000
It has been two years since I read this book, but I see it hasn't had a review yet, and I think it deserves one, so I add my two bits.
A very detailed analysis of the developments in rural Chinese society over a period of massive upheaval. Provides tremendous insight into the social mechanisms at play, and the interplay of contemporary political movements with the traditional power structures in rural China. For anyone interested in or involved in rural development in China, a drama which is still going on in the 21st century, a must read. Also recommended for anyone interested in the interactions between policy-directed, centrally planned development and the way society responds to it.
Would like to see a similar follow up on the years between the cultural revolution and the present.
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on April 26, 2001
This volume makes important contributions to our understanding of the Chinese revolution. . . . The entrenchment of networks of loyalty among local leaders and higher level officials of the emerging party-state is a central element of the authors' analysis. As the state extended its control over both the urban and rural economies, it increasingly monopolized the allocation of scarce resources. . . . Given the authors' trenchant critique of the Communist party's economically irrational commitment to rapid, large-scale collectivization, it is unfortunate that they have not addressed the implications of their work for the decollectivizing rural reforms of the post-Mao era, when many aspects of the peasant household economy have been restored. Perhaps there is a sequel in the making
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