The first two editions of Chen Village presented an enthralling account of a Chinese village in the throes of Maoist revolution followed by dramatic changes in village life and local politics during the Deng Xiaoping period. Now, more than a decade and a half later, the authors have returned to Chen Village, and in three new chapters they explore astonishing developments. The once-backwater village is today a center of China's export industry, where more than 50,000 workers labor in modern factories, ruled by the village government. This new edition of Chen Village illuminates, in microcosm, the recent history of rural China up to the present time.
Anita Chan is a sociologist at the Australian National University. Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Jonathan Unger is head of the Contemporary China Centre at the Australian National University.
“For many of us, Chen Village is the place where we got acquainted with what life really was like in the Chinese countryside--not by visiting it in person, but through the analytical lenses and skillful pens of the three authors who brought it to life for us over the past quarter-century. With the publication of the third edition of this village study, we are able to trace the developments and changes in this southern Chinese rural community from the early 1960s all the way to 2007. . . . This book should be read by everybody interested in or working on or in China.”—The China Journal