Rural Communities and Economic Crises in Modern China

  • Sit Tsui
  • Qiu Jiansheng
  • Yan Xiaohui
  • Erebus Wong
  • Wen Tiejun
Keywords: Labor, Political Economy, Movements

Abstract

Throughout China's nearly seventy-year history of industrialization and financialization, whenever the cost of an economic crisis could be transferred to the rural sector, capital-intensive urban industries have had a "soft landing" and existing institutional arrangements have been maintained—a pattern that continues today. We argue that Chinese peasants and rural communities have rescued the country from no fewer than ten such economic crises.

Published
2018-09-01
Section
Articles