Multiple job holding in rural villages and the Chinese road to development

J.D. van der Ploeg, Y. Jingzhong

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This paper examines some of the interrelations that exist between rural China's peasant economy and the wider economy in which it is embedded. In doing so it focuses on the circular flows that link town and countryside. Multiple job holding is strategic in this respect. The paper draws on research undertaken in a peasant village in Hebei Province. The research highlights some remarkable differences that exist between development processes in China and in other developing countries and traces these back to a combination of an enlightened rural policy and the strong linkages that exist between rural China and its urban 'global factory'
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-530
JournalThe Journal of Peasant Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • grain production
  • peasant burden
  • countryside
  • migration
  • income


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