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The centrality of actors and interfaces in the understanding of new ruralities : a Chinese case study

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Long, Norman; Liu, Jinlong

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Abstract This paper aims to demonstrate the advantages of adopting an ethnographic, actor interface approach to understanding the ongoing dynamics of rural development and policy intervention processes. It does so through the discussion of an EU-funded project orientated to introducing village-level forest-management practices in north-west China. The case highlights the ongoing everyday struggles over livelihoods and resources and focuses on the negotiations that take place between the various social actors involved. The case analysis is preceded by a broad-sweep overview of the rise of new ruralities and a discussion of the key elements of an actor interface analysis. The article concludes with a call for more cross-country and cross-regional studies of this kind.
Keywords China; rural development; local politics; social actor; livelihood; agricultural policy; agriculture; forest; project
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords sociology; rural development; municipal/ local policy; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 63-84
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