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AGRARIAN CHANGE AND RURAL TRANSFORMATION: CHINA’S DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE SINCE 1965

This monograph intends to reflect on the idea of development as a problem of political economy. By examining China's uneven, awkward and often times enigmatic socioeconomic transformations since the mid-1960s, the author substantiates the following two central claims. First, Chinese economic development strategies from the 1960s to the turn of the century can be understood as being specific, unique and possibly unprecedented. Second, the pace and character of these transformations suggest the need for reconsidering certain conventional approaches in development theory and practice. The monograph titled Agrarian Change and Rural Transformation: China's Development Experience since 1965, engages with the conceptual challenges involved in explaining the linked and multiple transitions from the rural to the industrial.The Chinese experience is not only an apt example to explore tensions within the rural-industrial divide but also, and more significantly, how these two domains are mutually shaped through reciprocity.

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