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Title The Spiral Road : Change in a Chinese Village Through the Eyes of a Communist Party Leader.
Imprint Milton : Routledge, 2019.


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Description 1 online resource (239 pages)
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Subject Villages -- China -- Lin Village (Fujian Sheng) -- Case studies.
Fujian Sheng (China) -- Case studies -- Rural conditions.
Communism -- China -- Fujian Sheng -- Case studies.
China -- Fujian Sheng.
China -- Lin Village (Fujian Sheng)
Genre Case studies.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Chinese Peasantry in Historical Context; About This Book; Significance of the Book; 1 Prologue; Reflections on My Coming; Lin Village: First Impressions; Getting Acquainted; 2 Family History; A Walk to the Tomb; The Importance of Geomancy; 3 The Liberation; The Land Reform; School Years; 4 Hunger, Hunger; The Great Leap Forward; Becoming a Political Activist; 5 Joining the Act; The Four Cleanups; The Campaign; 6 Return Home; A Peasant's Story; Cultural Revolution
Ye's Marriage and Family7 Security Head; Ye Settles a Dispute; Internal Conflicts in the Village; More Village Crimes; 8 Prosperous Years; The Strategy of Prosperity; Back-Door Connections; 9 The Breakup; Ritual Celebration; Ritual Celebration: Analysis; Family Division; Dismantling the Collective; 10 Village Cadres; Family Planning Campaign; Implementing the Policy; Ye's Analysis; Ye as Mediator; Ye's Programs; Notes; Bibliography; Glossary of Chinese Characters; Index
Summary The leading Party cadre of Lin Village in Southeast China describes in this book forty years of turbulent events that affected individuals and families in the village: the downfall of the landlords during the Land Reform, the rise of poor peasants to political power, the political fanaticism of the Great Leap Forward and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and recent efforts to restore rational, pragmatic policies in China's countryside. The magnitude of change in Lin Village since 1949 has been considerable. Most villagers have benefited from tangible improvements in agriculture, education, and medicine, and they have developed a sense of political participation and integration into the national political arena. Significantly, while these dynamic changes have been taking place, the observance of cultural tradition has persisted. Attempts made by the government to change "feudalistic" beliefs and practices have yet to make any lasting impression on village life. More than an account of one village, this book documents for readers the cataclysmic changes of China's entire post-liberation era, detailing their effects in a personalized style. An American anthropologist of Chinese descent, Huang Shu-min employs participant-observation and personal interviews to shape this unique view of rural China today and to delineate some of the misconceptions held by Western academics.
Other Title Print version: Huang Shu-min, Huang. Spiral Road : Change in a Chinese Village Through the Eyes of a Communist Party Leader. Milton : Routledge, ©2019 9780367296261