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Organizing Rural China - Rural China Organizing

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Introduction, by Ane Bislev and Stig Thøgersen
Imagining Rural China: Policies, Discourses, Ideals
Continuity and Change in Rural China's Organization, by Jonathan Unger
Organizing Rural China: Political and Academic Discourses, by Stig Thøgersen
Government Propaganda and the Organization of Rural China, by Christian Göbel
Stitching it All Back Up: The Role of Sent-Down Cadres in Rural Community Building?, by Unn Målfrid Rolandsen
Reconstructing Rural China from the Bottom: A Discussion of Some Recent Chinese Experiments, by Xu Yong and Ma Hua
Governing China's Failed Villages: Between a "Weak State" and a Fragmented Society, by Liu Yiqiang
Organizing Rural China: Actors and Local Practices
Life in a Rural Boarding School: Learning to Organize and to Be Organized, by Mette Halskov Hansen
Organizing Rural Health Care, by Mikkel Bunkenborg
Lineages and the State: Re-inventing Lineages and Ancestor Ceremonies as Cultural Heritage, by Marina Svensson
Native Place in Cyberspace: The Civic Enagement of an Internet Community, by Pang Cuiming
Embedded Microcredit-Creating Village Cohesion on the Basis of Existing Social Networks, by Ane Bislev
A Value Chain Gone Awry: Implications of the "Tainted Milk Scandal" in 2008 for Political and Social Organization in Rural China, by Jørgen Delman and Yang Minghong
Modern/Rural China: State Institutions and Village Values, by Vivienne Shue
During the early 1980s China embarked on what can be seen as one of the world's largest social experiments ever. Decollectivization meant much more than the reorganization of agricultural production into family based farming. It signalled significant changes to rural social relations, when privatization, marketization and increased geographical mobility started tearing apart the economic and social institutions that had structured collective village life under Mao.
The focus of this book is on how rural society has been reorganized in the 21st century. The first chapters outline the basic organizational structure of rural China and can be used as an introduction to the topic in a classroom setting. They show how the state and its social scientists draw up plans to overcome the perceived lack of rural social organization, and discuss the often problem-ridden implementation of their ideas. The second section presents case studies of institutions that organize key aspects of rural life: Boarding schools where rural children learn to accept organizational hierarchies; lineage organizations carving out new roles for themselves; "dragonhead enterprises" expected to organize agricultural production and support rural development, and several others. The book is of theoretical interest because of its focus on the re-embedding, or reintegration, of individuals into new types of collectivities, which are less predetermined by tradition and habit and more a matter of, at least perceived, individual choice. Most chapters are based on extensive fieldwork and contain vivid examples from daily life, which will make the book attractive to anyone who wants to understand how Chinese villagers experience the extraordinary social changes they are going through.

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