The Growth of Market Relations in Post-Reform Rural China: A Micro-Analysis of Peasants, Migrants and Peasant Entrepeneurs, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Growth of Market Relations in Post-Reform Rural China

A Micro-Analysis of Peasants, Migrants and Peasant Entrepeneurs, 1st Edition

By Hiroshi Sato


256 pages

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This book, based on in-depth field research at the local level, assesses the different factors that are contributing to the transition to a market economy and the growth of networks in rural China. It analyses the different socio-economic actors - peasant households, out-migrants, family businesses and peasant entrepreneurs, uses the key concept of markets as a nexus of social networks, and identifies three different kinds of 'social capital' - human capital, political capital/status, and network capital.

This book demonstrates the importance of socio-political networks and highlights significant regional differences.


'This volume contains an abundance of first-hand information about China's peasants, migrants and peasant entrepreneurs, and deepens our understanding of the transition that is currently underway in rural China.' - Pacific Affairs

Review in China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004

About the Author

Hiroshi Sato is Professor of Chinese Economy and Society at the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests are economic and social behaviour of household, labour market formation, distribution of household incomde, and poverty alleviation.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General