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Village China Under Socialism and Reform: a micro history, 1948-2008 In Village China Under Socialism and Reform , Li explains everything about the village in China since the Communist Revolution. He tells us how their resistance to integration into Communism constrains the decisions and choices of the national leaders and what kind of impact national policies have on the lives of the "little people." This book tells us about the economical, political and social cycles of Qin’s village in province in Jiangsu over 60 years. As a result, this book challenges conventional notions about state power, economic development and the state of societal relations. 1 In this paper I explore the main points Li made about the Qin village and how its residents handled the problems of the Qin village situation. The book explains the interest of the politics to political scientists and economists, and it talks about how political influences and social factors affect how the formal institution operates the social life in China. Li argues this is mostly because scholars have misunderstood the impact of formal institution shifts; on the other hand, he talks about the changes and continuity between the subsequent reform and the socialist agenda, from the 1950s to 1970s in China. The author talks about several arguments about different points. I would say the most important one is the power relation. The others are: predation and development in the state and governance. 2 The most important argument in this book is regarding the main point, the power relations, and it describes how under the socialist state the villagers were powerless and subservient; he tells us how the state uses their modern form and encourages the public by using 1 .Huaiyin, 1,51. 2 .Huaiyin, 32. 1
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the tools that were uninteresting to villagers for political awareness. In some points the author does a great job, encouraging the public by using the tools that were uninteresting to villagers for political awareness. On the other hand, we see how he argues about the viewpoints of the state as
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course HIS 340M taught by Professor Li during the Summer '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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