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Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, Village, Family

Yi Wu


Based on field data collected in Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province since 2002, this in-depth ethnography provides a comprehensive analysis of the formation, operation, and evolvement of the current rural collective land ownership system in China. The author argues that the current rural land ownership in China is not a static system imposed by the state from above, but a hybrid resulting from the contestation among the three major rural alignments—local governments, village communities, and rural households. This property regime defies simplistic labels such as “socialism,” “postsocialism,” or “c ... More

Keywords: China, land ownership, bounded collectivism, rural communities, rural households

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824846770
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824846770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yi Wu, author
Clemson University