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Harvard Contemporary China Series 11

Zouping in Transition

The Process of Reform in Rural North China

Edited by Andrew G. Walder

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$38.50 • £30.95 • €34.50

ISBN 9780674968561

Publication Date: 07/15/1998


304 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

5, 51 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard Contemporary China Series


No review can do justice to all the significant findings of this rich volume… The book addresses some of the knottier issues that have dominated scholarship for a decade or more, presenting provocative new material and findings. Future debates on these issues must address the work on Zouping collected here.—Michelle S. Mood, China Journal

Andrew Walder makes a major addition to our understanding of the economic role of county government in the reform period… In this highly interesting book, Zouping comes to the fore as a rather sleepy county which is pushed by outside forces into modernity with all its problems. The volume is a major addition to our understanding of institutional change, cadres and policies in North China.—Eduard B. Vermeer, China Information

[A] well-researched and timely book.—Colin Mackerras, Asian Studies Review

The introductory chapter by Andrew Walder starts with rich statistics to situate Zouping county in rural China. He then spells out the objectives of this volume… [his] goals are ably accomplished by the next seven chapters that are based on empirical studies using data from interviews, observations, official statistics, and survey data from a unique research project undertaken from 1988 to 1993… The book provides valuable insights into the process which local government shapes the development and stratification of a country in northern China. It is an important and timely rendering of the rural reforms and will prompt researchers on transitional societies to focus on the forces that shape the dynamics of transition.—Xiaoling Shu, Contemporary Sociology

This is a unique book that brings together interdisciplinary research on one county by outstanding China scholars.—Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University

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