Rural modernization and the remaking of the rural citizen in China:Village redevelopment, migration and precarity

Tebboth, Mark G. L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1193-8080 and Locke, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1810-1902 (2023) Rural modernization and the remaking of the rural citizen in China:Village redevelopment, migration and precarity. Journal of International Development. ISSN 0954-1748

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Abstract

The Chinese government's ambitious plans to modernize the countryside have significant impacts for rural populations. Upgrading or relocating villages is one component of this vision with profound implications for rural citizens. We use multiple social science research methods to investigate ongoing rural transformation in two villages designated for Village Redesign in Anhui Province, China. We show that the Village Redesign process is negatively impacting on the migration–development nexus and the resultant limbo deepens the precarity of high-mobility, translocal households who already experience secondary forms of citizenship and limited social protections. This study raises further questions about the ongoing transformation of rural China and questions the modernizing rural agenda of the Chinese state.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: We would like to thank the people of Wanzhuang and Dongdian who spoke with us and shared their experiences of living and working in rural Anhui. Without their time, trust and support, we would not have been able to complete this manuscript. The research was conducted with the support of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Fudan University. At Fudan University, Professor Peng and Dr. Wu. were instrumental in enabling us to work and research in China. We would also like Chen Mengni, Tao Li and Wang Yuanbo and students from Hefei University for providing such valuable assistance and support when working in the research sites. This work was conducted as part of a NERC‐funded studentship (1091813). The project received additional funding from Fudan University. Publisher Copyright: © 2023 The Authors. Journal of International Development published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: china,countryside,migration–development nexus,precarity,rural transformation,translocal,geography, planning and development,development,3* ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 02:57
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 01:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94015
DOI: 10.1002/jid.3849

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