Small Town China

Rural Labour and Social Inclusion

By Beatriz Carrillo Garcia

© 2011 – Routledge

218 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

While much has been written about rural migrant workers’ experiences in the big cities, population movements into China’s vast network of towns and small cities has been largely neglected. This book presents a detailed case study of rural migrant workers experiences in a small town in a north China county. The author explores the processes and institutions that enable or preclude the social inclusion of rural workers into the town’s socio-economic system. Inclusion and exclusion are assessed through an examination of rural workers’ immersion into the urban labour market, their access to welfare benefits and to social services, such as housing, education and health. The book proposes that outside the larger cities there are alternative accounts of urban social change and of the integration of rural migrant workers. It stresses the fact that the particular socio-economic structure of towns, where the state-owned share of the economy has been smaller and where consequently social and private forces have been more active, allowed for a more open inclusion of rural workers. Though shortcomings are still observed, the book suggests that China's transformation may not necessarily result in dysfunctional and socially polarized urban environments.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of China’s rural migrant workers, bottom-up urbanization and small town development, social policy, and more broadly on contemporary social change in China.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Economic Reform, Urbanisation and Rural Migrants 1. Regional Inequalities and Social Development in Shanxi Province 2. Urbanisation, Rural-Urban Linkages and the Urban Labour Market 3. Urbanisation and Housing Provision 4 Decentralisation and Social Security 5. Health and Education 6. Conclusion: Townisation, Rural Workers and Social Inclusion

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL002000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General