Rural-Urban Migration in China: A Critical Understanding of Informality

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Title of host publicationChina's Social Policy
DatePublished - 28 Oct 2015
Pages183
Number of pages200
PublisherLondon: Routledge
EditorsKinglun Ngok, Chak Kwan Chan
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-72205-6

Abstract

Rural-urban (internal) migration has continued to make a major contribution to economic development and urbanization in China. Through a gender lens, this chapter critically examines the issue of informal economic activities among a group of male migrant workers in China from a cultural sociological perspective. The chapter addresses the role of informal family based social networks in male migrant workers’ identity formation, as an important resource in the process of learning to labor as a working class man. It argues that there is a need to move from a socio-economic perspective to a socio-cultural perspective to understand the issues of informality.

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