Rural Politics in Contemporary China (Critical Agrarian Studies) (Hardcover)

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By Emily T. Yeh (Editor), Kevin O'Brien (Editor), Jingzhong Ye (Editor)
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This collection provides an overview of China's rural politics, bringing scholarship on agrarian politics from various social science disciplines together in one place. The twelve contributions, spanning history, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, political science, and geography, address enduring questions in peasant studies, including the relationship between states and peasants, taxation, social movements, rural-urban linkages, land rights and struggles, gender relations, and environmental politics. Taking rural politics as the power-inflected processes and struggles that shape access and control over resources in the countryside, as well as the values, ideologies and discourses that shape those processes, the volume brings research on China into conversation with the traditions and concerns of peasant studies scholarship. It provides both an introduction to those unfamiliar with Chinese politics, as well as in-depth, new research for experts in the field.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

About the Author

Emily T. Yeh is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She conducts research on nature-society relations in Tibetan parts of the PRC, including the political ecology of pastoral environment and development policies, the relationship between ideologies of nature and nation, natural resource commodity chains, indigenous knowledge about climate change, and emerging environmental subjectivities. Her book, Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development (Cornell University Press, 2013), discusses the cultural politics and political economy of development in Tibet as a project of state territorialisation. Kevin J. O'Brien is Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies, Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Grassroots Elections in China (Routledge, 2011) (with Suisheng Zhao), Popular Protest in China (Harvard, 2008), Rightful Resistance in Rural China (Cambridge, 2006) (with Lianjiang Li), Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (Stanford, 2005) (with Neil J. Diamant and Stanley B. Lubman), and Reform Without Liberalization: China's National People's Congress and the Politics of Institutional Change (Cambridge, 1990). Jingzhong Ye is Professor of Development Studies and Deputy Dean at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD), China Agricultural University. His research interests include development intervention and rural transformation, rural 'left behind' populations, rural education, land politics, and sociology of agriculture.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781138787001
ISBN-10: 1138787000
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2014
Pages: 306
Language: English
Series: Critical Agrarian Studies