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The Role of Tunqin Guanxi in Building Rural Resilience in North China: A Case from Qinggang

last modified Feb 09, 2017 01:27 PM

Yan Gao and Shailaja Fennell 

This is an article that has been published in China Quarterly, the leading publication in the field of Chinese Studies. To read the full article please click here.

Abstract

This paper explores the role of guanxi, particularly in its special form of tunqin, in building rural resilience in a poverty-stricken county in north China. The emphasis of this paper is placed on the nature and function of such guanxi. By presenting how guanxi is maintained, this paper also analyses the impact and effectiveness of local guanxi as a strategy to cope with poverty. Whereas tunqin guanxi appears to have built rural resilience in order to cushion villagers against life's upheavals, the maintenance of rural guanxi diminishes this resilience as scarce resources are spent on the exchange of cash gifts, thus aggravating local poverty.

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