Implementing Rural Reforms

Margherita Zanasi

in Saving the Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226978734
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226978741 | DOI:
Implementing Rural Reforms

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This chapter investigates Cotton Control Commission (CCC) reforms in rural areas: their goals, their potential to change the socioeconomic structure of the Chinese village, and the problems these reforms met. The CCC leaders tended to underestimate local market forces and the cultural trends that supported them. It is shown that CCC encountered difficulty in its work in the village. The CCC was trapped in its productivist rhetoric and often ignored the long-established social practices embedded in rural society. The work of the CCC in the rural areas was influenced by the different nation-building visions of Jiang Jieshi and the Wang Jingwei group. The CCC deserves credit for instituting a national network for reforming the cotton industry. The corporativist and reformist unity of the CCC was threatened when it came to reforming the industrial production of cotton.

Keywords: Cotton Control Commission reforms; rural areas; Chinese village; nation-building; Jiang Jieshi; Wang Jingwei; cotton industry

Chapter.  18263 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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