In the past two to three decades, amidst a backdrop of changing food demand, sustained transfer of rural labour into urban jobs, decline of the natural birth rate in the rural population, rural development and politics in China entered a new phase that revolves around what the central government calls ‘agricultural modernisation’.
Transformation of the once-dominant smallholding, family-based agriculture has become a focal point of the Chinese government's programme of rural rejuvenation, where a range of economic changes unleashed by urbanisation and industrialisation also converge.
In this video, Forrest Zhang, Associate Professor of Sociology, examines the agriculture transition in China, the role of agribusiness in the rise of agrarian capitalism, and its socio-economic implications.
Agrarian political economy, Social class, Family and social mobility, Self-employment and informal economy, Contemporary chinese society,
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