Constructing China's Capitalism: Shanghai and the Nexus of Urban-Rural Industries

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

byDaniel Buck

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Buck shines a new light on China's transition to capitalism by focusing on and analyzing the development of networks between the urban and rural factories that have produced the regional economy of greater Shanghai. These networks have incorporated millions of villagers into the national and the global economy. By getting inside these networks and watching as their restructuring unfolds, Buck reveals hidden aspects of major changes: China's transition from centralized planning to market economy, the transformation of Shanghai from industrial to financial center, and a wave of privatization that has swept away the last vestiges of socialism.

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Buck shines a new light on China's transition to capitalism by focusing on and analyzing the development of networks between the urban and rural factories that have produced the regional economy of greater Shanghai. These networks have incorporated millions of villagers into the national and the global economy. By getting inside these ...

Daniel Buck is an assistant professor of Asian Studies and Geography at the University of Oregon.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.84 × 5.7 × 0.8 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340954

ISBN - 13:9780230340954

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Table of Contents

Connecting City and Country: Shanghai's SOEs and TVEs

The Geography of the Deepening Division of Labor

Failure of the Regional System

The Nexus Unravels

"Finding a Way Out"

Reworking the Rural

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"The proliferation of township and village enterprises (TVEs) in post-Mao China was once heralded as a dynamic form of rural industrialization that built upon firm socialist foundations to permit rapid economic growth under market reform. Numerous scholars have explored the rise of the TVEs in the 1980s and early 1990s and their remarkable contributions to the Chinese economic miracle. Far fewer, however, have traced the equally remarkable demise of the TVEs at the end of the twentieth century. Drawing upon original field work in the Shanghai region, Daniel Buck offers an informed account of this dramatic development. Arguing that the turnaround was the result of neither government policy nor market competition, he shows how rural TVEs and urban state-owned enterprises actively restructured commodity chains to put in place a new labor regime that favored urban capital over rural labor and livelihoods. This is important reading for anyone interested in the complex causes – and immense human cost – of China's amazing economic rise." - Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University