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  • ISBN: 9780226239590
  • ISBN10: 0226239594

Rural Development in China Prospect and Retrospect

by Hsiao Tung Fei

  • List Price: $51.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 74
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/1989
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Fei Hsiao-tung's Peasant Life in China (E.P. Dutton, 1939) is now a classic in the study of Chinese rural life. In this field study of Kaihsienkung (Kaixian'gong), a village in his native Wujiang county, Jiangsu province, he developed the theme that, due to a huge population and the scarcity of cultivable land, Chinese peasants derived a substantial part of their income from household sideline and handicraft industries. When these declined for one reason or another, the peasants' standard of living declined as well; some sold their land and left for the cities.
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