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Completed research project

Title / Titel Experiencing Modernisation – Work, Solidarity and Community Dynamics in Two Chinese Villages in Comparison
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Summary / Zusammenfassung This research plan aims to explore the question of how under the discourse of modernisation numerous rural residents in contemporary China cope with their individual survival challenges through obtaining new work skills, how they arrange and re-negotiate their social support claims and duties among kin relatives as well as within the village community, how they develop new community dynamics during the accelerating process of social transformation and urbanisation. The main focus of this research is to offer an under-all perspective of understanding how rural residents of China experience the modernisation, especially during this process how these three elements - work, solidarity and community dynamics - are penetrated to each other. Two villages, one is a “traditional” agricultural village (农村) in northern Province Hebei and an immigrants village within the city (城中村) Dafen in the southern city Shenzhen are being considered for comparison.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe China, rural community, work, solidarity, immigrants
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. Xiujie Wu (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Professor Dr. Chris Hann
Group "Kinship and social support in China and Vietnam"
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Advokatenweg 36
06114 Halle/Saale
Professor Dr. Jacob Eyferth

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IGK Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Oct 2009 to Sep 2010