Full Circle? Rural Land Reforms in Globalizing China
ABSTRACT: China’s rural land rights regime is being reformed. Most explanations for the reforms focus on the efficiency effects anticipated from the strengthening of villagers’ land rights. In contrast, this article argues that rural land rights reforms are intended to resolve the intra-state and state-society contention generated by China’s market transition and globalization, and to mediate villagers’ dispossession of their land and their transformation into a proletariat.