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Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market
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  • Julia Chuang
  • University of California Press
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  • 9780520305458
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  • Social Science > Ethnic Studies - American - African American & Black Studies
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For nearly four decades, China's manufacturing boom has been powered by the labor of 287 million rural migrant workers, who travel seasonally between villages where they farm for subsistence and cities where they work. Yet recently local governments have moved away from manufacturing and toward urban expansion and construction as a development strategy. As a result, at least 88 million rural people to date have lost rights to village land. In Beneath the China Boom, Julia Chuang follows the trajectories of rural workers, who were once supported by a village welfare state and are now landless. This book provides a view of the undertow of China's economic success, and the periodic crises--a rural fiscal crisis, a runaway urbanization--that it first created and now must resolve.
Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market

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Julia Chuang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland.  She is a qualitative researcher with research interests in development, agrarian politics, and migration.  

Her work has utilized ethnographic and interview-based methods, and recently, she has also begun to work with computational methods as well.  Julia completed her postdoctoral training at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.  She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University.

Julia is particularly interested in flows of capital and labor in Asia.  Her work asks how these flows shape global developmental outcomes, often beyond the reach of political intervention.  

Her book, Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market, published in 2020 by University of California Press, examines flows of capital and labor between rural and urban China.  An ongoing research project examines capital migration from Asia to the West, in the form of immigrant investors who seek destinations where they can “park” capital assets in exchange for long-term returns or political citizenship.

Other pieces have also been published in Politics & Society, Gender & Society, Journal of Peasant Studies, and The China Quarterly.

Education 

  • PhD Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA Social Studies, Harvard University

 

Source: University of Maryland Department of Sociology 

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