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Title: Debating the rural cooperative movement in China, the past and the present
Authors: Yan, H 
Chen, Y
Keywords: Cooperatives
Rural sustainability
Third way
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal of peasant studies, 2013, v. 40, no. 6, p. 955-981 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of peasant studies 
Abstract: Rural cooperatives appear to be flourishing in China. Yet this blossom has been controversial. Some contest whether specialized farmer cooperatives should be promoted. They are opposed to the implications and consequences that derive from the growth of such cooperatives. Many criticize that most of the cooperatives thus far developed are 'fake' cooperatives. Some propose comprehensive peasant associations in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan as a model for emulation. These contestations are about rural cooperatives, but also go quite beyond them. For those passionately involved in the support and critique of rural cooperatives, what is at stake is both rural sustainability and the possibility of China pursuing a third-way development. In the 1930s, rural cooperatives also blossomed in China, and it was accompanied by heated intellectual debates about the future of China. This paper will examine intellectual perspectives and debates both in the past and at present about rural cooperative development in China. Not only are there some remarkable intellectual parallels between the two, but also both movements have their own structural difficulties. In the face of the rapid agrarian change in China, the 1930s debate might still shed a light on today's conundrum.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23013
ISSN: 0306-6150
EISSN: 1743-9361
DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2013.866555
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