China's New Socialist Countryside
Modernity Arrives in the Nu River Valley
Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this case study examines the impact of economic development on ethnic minority people living along the upper-middle reaches of the Nu (Salween) River in Yunnan. In this highly mountainous, sparsely populated area live the Lisu, Nu, and Dulong (Drung) people, who until recently lived as subsistence farmers, relying on shifting cultivation, hunting, the collection of medicinal plants from surrounding forests, and small-scale logging to sustain their household economies. China's New Socialist Countryside explores how compulsory education, conservation programs, migration for work, and the expansion of social and economic infrastructure are not only transforming livelihoods, but also intensifying the Chinese Party-state's capacity to integrate ethnic minorities into its political fabric and the national industrial economy.
- Published: December 2013
- Subject Listing: Asian Studies / China; Anthropology
- Bibliographic information: 248 pp., 4 maps, 29 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Series: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
Russell Harwood is a social researcher working in international development.
"This is the first genuinely theoretical study of the Nu people, with the author fully conversant with the theories of ethnicity and development. The subject is important, because modes of development and attitudes toward it are of critical significance all over the world."
-Colin Mackerras, professor emeritus, Griffith University, Australia
Foreword by Stevan Harrell
Equivalents and Abbreviations
1. Life at the Periphery of the Chinese Party-State
2. Nature Reserves and Reforestation
The Impacts of Conservation Programs upon Livelihoods
3. All Is Not as It Appears
4. Migration from the Margins
Increasing Outward Migration for Work
Glossary of Chinese Terms