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Cadres and Kin


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Preface Abbreviations and measures 1. A topography of the past: shaping a township landscape in the early twentieth century 2. Alliance and antagonism: family associations in an era of insecurity 3. Creating a new village order: revolutionizing identity through liberation and land reform 4. getting organized: struggling with collectivism 5. Village as enterprise: corporate community management in the Deng Era 6. A topography of the present: shaping a village landscape in the late twentieth century Appendix: Qiaolou Village Compact Notes Character list Index.

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Gregory A. Ruf is Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies and Anthropology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.


"Free of jargon, full of interesting anecdotes, thoughtful, well-written, and short, Cadres and Kin deserves serious consideration as an introductory text on modern China... The book is clearly informed by both recent anthropological theory and the latest ethnographic and historical work on 20th-century China." - China Journal "This brief but thoughtful book ... is unusual in combining a picture of the post-1978 village with a longer narrative of twentieth-century state building and village formation." - American Historical Review

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