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Revisiting a dramatic triangle: the state, villagers, and social activists in Chinese rural reconstruction projects

Wiederkehr eines dramatischen Dreiecks: Staat, Dorfbewohner und soziale Aktivisten in landwirtschaftlichen Reorganisationsprojekten Chinas
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Abstract As part of the movement to "construct a new socialist countryside", Chinese officials and social activists are experimenting with transforming rural social and economic relations. They often draw on discourses dating back to the Rural Reconstruction Movement of the 1920s and 1930s, which saw urban intellectuals making similar efforts to modernize the villages and their inhabitants. This paper analyses the different types of relationships between the state, social activists, and villagers in a number of rural reconstruction projects. The state is still the major player in this field, but traditional top-down procedures are often perceived to be unproductive when it comes to micro-level community building, so state actors are forced to find allies among village elites and social activists.
Keywords China; rural development; agricultural development; agricultural policy; agrarian reform; national state; rural population; non-governmental organization; political activity; reorganization; project
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Special areas of Departmental Policy
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords political science; rural development; agriculture policy; agricultural reforms; contemporary; rural reconstruction projects
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 9-33
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 4
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works