How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China (Cambridge Modern China Series)

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One of the most dramatic and noticeable changes in China since the introduction of economic and social reforms in the early 1980s has been the mass migration of peasants from the countryside to urban areas across the country. Murphy's in-depth fieldwork in rural China offers a rich basis for her findings about the impact of migration on many aspects of rural life: inequality; the organization of agricultural production; land transfers; livelihood diversification; spending patterns; house-building; marriage; education; the position of women; social stability; and state-society relations. Her analysis focuses on the human experiences and strategies that precipitate shifts in national and local policies for economic development, and the responses of migrants, non-migrants, and officials to changing circumstances, obstacles and opportunities. This pioneering study is rich in original source materials and anecdotes, as well as useful, comparative examples from other developing countries.

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'Rachel Murphy has produced a rigorous analyses of a major contemporary phenomenon, identifying issues at various levels, but within a fascinating and highly readable account of migrant labour in China. In contrast with many authors in the literature, she balances some of the advantages associated with migrant labour with adverse effects, giving a systemic and balanced view of the impact of migrant labour on rural communities, together with the people concerned and their families. Much in this book could be applied to other developing nations wherein migrant labour is a contemporary trend. This book will be welcomed not only by specialists in labour and population dynamics - in the modern parlance, it is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary developments in China.' Progress in Development Studies

'... this is a timely contribution to the limited body of literature on return migration to rural China. the book serves as an interesting example, both theoretically and methodologically, for advanced students and researchers studying migration in developing countries ... Anecdotes, interviews and visual materials are used to such an extent that the reading is made a pleasure at the general level.' Regional Studies

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This book examines how labor migration is changing the countryside in post-Mao China. The return flows of money, people and information affects rural inequalities, rural spending patterns, agriculture, family relationships, the position of women, and the interactions between villagers and officials.

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