Gao Village Revisited

Whither Rural China

Mobo C. F. Gao

The Chinese University Press

Gao Village Revisited

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Pub Date: December 2018

ISBN: 9789629965785

230 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $45.00

Gao Village Revisited

Whither Rural China

Mobo C. F. Gao

The Chinese University Press

This is a close study of Gao Village twenty years after the author, an anthropologist and native of the village, wrote his original ethnography, Gao Village. It combines ethnographic analysis, personal vignettes, and a number of fascinating stories, which present a convincing yet complex picture of how Gao villagers interact with the outside world. With his sympathetic and insider’s approach, the author argues that rural Chinese display great entrepreneurship and inner strength of self-improvement; they are active contributors to China’s economic boom.
This is a close ethnographic look at the world of Gao villagers twenty years after the author, an anthropologist and native of Gao village, wrote his original ethnography. Through a look at Gao villagers, including the ethnographer’s own family and extended kin, we are able to see the decline of agriculture and the integration of rural people into an urban economy. We get an in-depth look at how rural people have prospered in this informal economy, but we also see them confronting new sources of stress and strain even as their material living standard rises.Ellen Oxfeld, Middlebury College

About the Author

Mobo C. F. Gao is chair of Chinese studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide. He has published several important books, including the critically acclaimed book Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China (1999), The Battle of China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution (2008), Remembering Socialist China, 1949–1976 (2015), and Constructing China: Clashing Views of the People's Republic (forthcoming).