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10/26/2010 Strangers in the City First, some broad issues related to Zhang's book, Strangers in the City: 1. Why is there a floating population? And once you have answered that by figuring out what it contributes, then why would the state want to demolish it? Poor peasants sought out better jobs and opportunities Why do they “float”? They don’t have solid educations, only manual labor State allows behavior, but keeps it illegal so it can be stomped on once in a while o Preserve a population to take jobs that no one else want Every now and then, state comes to crush it. Bulldoze houses, etc. o Do it because of breeding ground for criminals, overcrowding, political dissention Interesting governance technique 2. Given that it existed more or less outside state structures, how did it actually work? How do you solve the problems of social order outside the state? Series of migrant workers and local officials making deals about illegal land etc
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