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Between “Urban” and “Rural”: Family Reform in the Beijing and Shanghai Suburbs, 1950–1953

in Revolutionizing the Family

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217201
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217201.003.0003
Between “Urban” and “Rural”: Family Reform in the Beijing and Shanghai Suburbs, 1950–1953

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This chapter compares the urban and rural effects of family and reforms in the suburbs of Beijing and Shanghai, China, during the period from 1950 to 1953. It argues that the impact of land reform on divorce and marriage in the countryside was manifold and profound and explains that and reform shaped cadres' and ordinary peasants' political experience with the state in crucial ways. It contends that in addition to terrorizing state officials, land reform also induced fear among the older men and women in the suburbs.

Keywords: family reform; land reform; suburbs; Beijing; Shanghai; China; divorce; marriage; political experience

Chapter.  18708 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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