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