Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China
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300pp. July 2007
Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China
Author: Gao, Mobo C. F.;
Gao Village, in Jiangxi province, is where the author was born and raised. His account is in every sense one from the inside. Although written as an academic work, it does not eschew personal stories and experiences relevant to the themes addressed: the village before and after land reform; the commune system; the dismantling of the communes; and the unfolding impact of the market economy, including growing villager migratory patterns toward urban areas, from the late 1980s onward.

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"For the classroom, [Gao’s] book complements and enriches more conventional views of this period and also has something to contribute to . . . what is popularly called the ‘politics of memory.’ I enjoyed his personal anecdotes and know that undergraduates will too. Having recently taught many village ethnographies, I anticipate that students will be engaged by the stories of Gao villagers as well as by the author’s passionate polemics about the Maoist years in rural China." —China Review International (Spring 2002)

"Gao tells a compelling, somewhat unusual story about the Maoist revolution and the subsequent reform from an insider’s view. . . . This is a powerful account, a vivid description of the intimate world of everyday life shaped by the macro-processes of social transformation in the latter half of twentieth-century China." —Religious Studies Review (October 2000)

"Full of interesting details and up-to-date information." —China Journal (January 2000)

Author: Gao, Mobo C. F.;
Mobo C. F. Gao is senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania.



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