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Review: Review: How the Other Half Live in Modern China: Will the Boat Sink the Water?: The Life of China's Peasants by Chen Guidi; Wu Chuntao; Zhu Hong

Reviewed Work: Will the Boat Sink the Water?: The Life of China's Peasants by Chen Guidi, Wu Chuntao, Zhu Hong
Review by: Kerry Brown
International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-)
Vol. 83, No. 1 (Jan., 2007), pp. 161-164
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4122045
Page Count: 4
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How the Other Half Live in Modern China
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Abstract

China's economic development over the past decade has captured the world's imagination. But this has largely been an urban phenomenon. While the current Chinese government has lifted more people out of poverty than any other in history, there have still been a huge number of losers in the reform processes of the last three decades, many of whom are based in the countryside. Chen and Wu's study of the situation in the central province of Anhui for peasants raises some uncomfortable questions for anyone looking at the long-term sustainability and stability of China's economic development.

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