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Northern and Southern China
Regional Differences in Rural Areas

Edited By

He Xuefeng

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ISBN 9781032013084
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
360 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume examines regional differences in social structure in rural China and elaborates the characteristics, reasons and practical implications to policymaking of this.
In contrast to many existing studies, the book spotlights regional disparities that stem from the varied social compositions of villages and their social relations in rural areas of Northern, Central and Southern China. Three types of rural community structures ranging from the north to the south of China are identified, including the segmented village comprised of kinship groups, that with a high degree of atomization, and the united one resting upon patrilineage based organization. The editor draws on middle-range theory, organically combining a theoretical framework of the regional variations with empirical studies based on years of fieldwork in rural China. This approach is used throughout the book to analyze topics in four aspects: family relations, social interactions, other notable social issues and rural governance.
The title will appeal to scholars and students of sociology and Chinese studies, as well as general readers interested in rural Chinese society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Regional Variations in Rural China from the Perspective of Social Structure

He Xuefeng

2. Regional Difference in China's Rural Areas and the Formulation of the Middle-Range Theory

Gui Hua and He Xuefeng

Part 1: Family

3. Regional Variations in Family Development in China's Rural Areas

Tao Zixiang

4. Regional Variations in Family Division in Rural China

Du Peng

5. Regional Difference of Elderly Support Patterns in China's Rural Areas

Ban Tao

Part 2: Mianzi and Renqing

6. Regional Difference in Mianzi and Mianzi Competition in China's Rural Society

Wang Defu

7. Regional Variations in Renqing in Ceremonial or Ritualized Situations

Du Jiao

Part 3: Society

8. Regional Variations in Suicide Incidence in Rural China

Liu Yanwu

9. Studies on China¡¯s Bachelors from the Perspective of Regional Difference

Liu Chengliang

10. Regional Difference in the Change of the Social Status of the Elders

Wu Hailong

Part 4: Governance

11. Regional Difference in Fertility Behavior in China's Rural Areas

Qiu Ye

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He Xuefeng, Professor in the School of Sociology at Wuhan University and the director of China Rural Governance Research Center at Wuhan University. His main research interests are rural governance studies and rural construction practice.