Journal article

The Places of Primitive Accumulation in Rural China

Michael Webber

ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

"Rural" is a category of enduring significance in China. The trajectories of social change in China's rural areas reflect local dynamics and new forms of economy that encroach from local or distant cities and international sources. One indicator of change is the separation of people from their means of production: the development of the preconditions for capitalist production. Using information from villages scattered across China, this article identifies the sources of this separation and poses a theoretical question: can these changes be comprehended in a nondeterministic manner? The article demonstrates that the principal means of separating rural people from their means of production hav..

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