What are the economic, social and political effects when previously isolated villages are opened to the outside world? Scholars from different traditions expect different sorts of positive or negative affects to occur. Rural China presents an ideal environment to study this question empirically. Villages within rural China are in the process of being opened to the outside world in different forms, such as through being connected by road, the investment of agribusiness, or urbanization. Moreover this opening is being driven and shaped by different actors, including local residents, government and businesses. The different ways and actors that this opening occurs affect the nature of the opening, as well as its impact on the economic, social and political characteristics of the village.
China, rural development, marketization
Asian Studies | Political Science | Rural Sociology
Political Science; Sociology
Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal
National Sun Yat-sen University
CHENG, Housi, Qian Forrest ZHANG, , & John A. DONALDSON, .(2015). On the social and political effects of opening in rural China. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal, 1(3), 609-636.
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