Chinas New Socialist Countryside: Modernity Arrives in the Nu River Valley

Paperback | September 16, 2013

byRussell Harwood

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this case study examines the impact of economic development on ethnic minority people living along the upper-middle reaches of the Nu (Salween) River in Yunnan. In this highly mountainous, sparsely populated area live the Lisu, Nu, and Dulong (Drung) people, who until recently lived as subsistence farmers, relying on shifting cultivation, hunting, the collection of medicinal plants from surrounding forests, and small-scale logging to sustain their household economies. China's New Socialist Countryside explores how compulsory education, conservation programs, migration for work, and the expansion of social and economic infrastructure are not only transforming livelihoods, but also intensifying the Chinese Party-state’s capacity to integrate ethnic minorities into its political fabric and the national industrial economy.

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this case study examines the impact of economic development on ethnic minority people living along the upper-middle reaches of the Nu (Salween) River in Yunnan. In this highly mountainous, sparsely populated area live the Lisu, Nu, and Dulong (Drung) people, who until recently lived as subsistence farme...

Russell Harwood is a social researcher working in international development.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295993383

ISBN - 13:9780295993386

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Stevan Harrell Acknowledgments Equivalents and Abbreviations Introduction

1. Life at the Periphery of the Chinese Party-StateAn Introduction

2. Nature Reserves and ReforestationThe Impacts of Conservation Programs upon Livelihoods

3. All Is Not as It AppearsEducation Reform

4. Migration from the MarginsIncreasing Outward Migration for Work

Conclusion

Notes Glossary of Chinese Terms Bibliography Index

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this case study examines the impact of economic development on ethnic minority people living along the upper-middle reaches of the Nu (Salween) River in Yunnan. In this highly mountainous, sparsely populated area live the Lisu, Nu, and Dulong (Drung) people, who until recently lived as subsistence farmers, relying on shifting cultivation, hunting, the collection of medicinal plants from surrounding forests, and small-scale logging to sustain their household economies. China's New Socialist Countryside explores how compulsory education, conservation programs, migration for work, and the expansion of social and economic infrastructure are not only transforming livelihoods, but also intensifying the Chinese Party-state’s capacity to integrate ethnic minorities into its political fabric and the national industrial economy.This is the first genuinely theoretical study of the Nu people, with the author fully conversant with the theories of ethnicity and development. The subject is important, because modes of development and attitudes toward it are of critical significance all over the world. - Colin Mackerras, professor emeritus, Griffith University, Australia