1st Edition

The Many Roads to Becoming Modern
A History of Collectivism in Rural Jiangsu Province

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ISBN 9781032223612
March 11, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The Many Roads to Becoming Modern explores "collectivism" in the context of contemporary rural Chinese history. Following the history of a southern village from 1949 to the present, the author attempts to understand the origin and current state of “collectivity” in rural China.

Along with other unique Chinese institutions such as the Danwei (work-unit) system, rural collectivism is the base of New China’s economic development. Previous academic research on rural collectivism in general are limited to scattered historical fragments, this book, however, is an empirical study of the actual historical process of rural collectivism. Focusing on presenting a mechanism for universal interpretation, the author illustrates the development of rural collectivism in southern Jiangsu using the historical research method, revealing the characteristics of the Chinese society as it is. Within seven chapters, the author explains in detail the core features and evolution mechanism of the collective model throughout different periods since the establishment of PRC.

This book will be of interest to all levels of students and scholars who study contemporary China, modern Chinese history and collectivism, especially those who are concerned with rural area development and the land systems.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Study Collectivism?  2. Rural Collectives in Southern Jiangsu: Practice and Research  3. The Agricultural Cooperative Movement and the Forming of Rural Collectivism  4. People’s Communes: Collective Governance under the Planned Agricultural Economy  5. The Development of Rural Industry and the Collective System  6. Collectivism in the Post Township and Village Enterprise Era  7. Types and Historical Evolution of Rural Collectivism

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Chen Jiajian, earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Peking University. Chen is currently the doctoral student supervisor and professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University. His research interests include grassroots governance, organizational research and rural development.