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China's Peasant Agriculture and Rural Society

Changing paradigms of farming, 1st Edition

Edited by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Jingzhong Ye

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290 pages | 79 B/W Illus.

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China's agriculture and rural society has undergone rapid changes in recent years. Many poorer farmers and younger people have moved to cities, and yet China has an immense challenge to feed a growing and more affluent population. This book provides a ‘bottom-up view’ of China’s agriculture, showing how the many millions of Chinese peasants make a living. It presents a vivid description of the mechanisms used by rural households to defend and sustain their livelihoods, increase their agricultural production and improve the quality of their lives.

The authors examine the newly emerging trajectories of entrepreneurial and capitalist farming and assess whether such alternatives will be able to meet the enormous social, economic and environmental challenges that China faces. The book also explores the paradigm that has underpinned the organisation and development of China’s agriculture from ancient times to the present day. This shows the importance of balancing in the Chinese model as compared to the one-sided imposition of continual modernization in the western model. It is argued that such balancing is at the core of the current Sannong policy, referring to the three ruralities of food sovereignty, wellbeing for peasant households and an attractive countryside.

Reviews

"This book’s most distinguishing feature lies in pounding home the opposition between an agroindustrial Western paradigm and a peasant-centered Chinese paradigm … there is a need for accounts of promising agrarian lifeways that are critical and self-reflexive but forcefully open up avenues of action, a need this book helps to address." - John Aloysius Zinda, Cornell University, USA, in Journal of Peasant Studies (2017)

Table of Contents

1. The Conundrum of Chinese Agriculture

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and Ye Jingzhong

2. The Circularity of Town-countryside Relations and Multiple Job-holding

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and Ye Jingzhong

3. Man and the Land: The Social Organization of Farming

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Ye Jingzhong and Pan Lu

4. Peasant-managed Agricultural Growth

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Ye Jingzhong, Wu Huifang and Wang Chunyu

5. Entrepreneurial Trajectories?

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Ye Jingzhong, Zhao Yong and Pan Lu

6. The Rise of Capitalist Modes of Farming

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and Ye Jingzhong

7. Reinventing Peasant Farming

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Ye Jingzhong and Wu Huifang

8. Rural Women: Glimpses of Empowerment?

Xiandang Meng , Sabine de Rooij and Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

9. The Young and the Rural

Sabine de Rooij, Wu Huifang and Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

10. Markets

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Wu Huifang and He Congzhi

11. The Relevance of the Chinese Experience

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

12. Putting the Jigsaw Together: A Return to Paradigmatic Issues

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and Ye Jingzhong

About the Editors

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg is Professor of Transition Studies at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Adjunct Professor of Rural Sociology at the College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, Beijing. He is the author of the influential book The New Peasantries (Earthscan, 2008).

Jingzhong Ye is Professor of Development Sociology and Dean of the College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, Beijing.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026020
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural