"Ploughshare Village balances between Taiwan's hills and plains as its people do between laborers and petty entrepreneurs. Stevan Harrell neatly builds these and the many other dialectical relationships he perceives in Ploughshare into an exceptional anthropological study."
"Strongly recommend[ed] . . . not just to readers interested in China and Taiwan . . . but to those having broad interests in economic development, Marxian analyses, and dependency theories."
"By focusing on a village of labourers Harrell provides a useful comparison for all the previous studies of farming and fishing communities. . . . One of the best works we have in sinological anthropology. . . . An excellent illustration . . . of how a detailed village study can be linked, through time, to the wider systems in which it is placed."
"A welcome addition to the growing literature on contemporary China. . . . Demonstrate[s] how Chinese social structure . . . is utilized in varying socioeconomic contexts."
"This anthropological study of a workers' village in North Taiwan makes an important contribution to the comparative literature on Chinese social organization."