Chinese Village Life Today: Building Families in an Age of Transition

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Gonçalo Santos’ book, Chinese Village Life Today: Building Families in an Age of Transition, draws on the experiences of a village community in South China to consider the intimate choices that rural families face in an age of transition. Told through fine-grained ethnographic and historical analysis, the book studies these intimate choices through state-led technocracy and digital connectivity that seep into how people make everyday decisions. Set in a age of transition, Santos continuously reminds the reader that there is also continuity. This continuity is located in the firm grip that China’s villages continue to hold as a source of identity and a safety net for villagers who struggle to cope with the precarity and constant flux of hyper rural-urban mobility driven by the nation’s labour migration system.



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Chinese Village Life Today: Building Families in an Age of Transition