Rural Renaissance: Rural China Transformation Under Productivism and Post-productivism

Zhang Jingxiang, Shen Mingrui, Zhao Chen

Keywords: Rural Transformation; Rural Renaissance; Urban-Rural Relationship; Productivism; Post-productivism


This paper summarizes the rural transformation trajectory of post-reform China into three waves. Furthermore, two extremes of contemporary rural development and two deficient types of  rural practice that initiated recently are figured out through critical review. In the comparative perspective of China and the West, we argue that rural China development is exposed in a twofold background. The western discourse of productivism and post-productivism should be both highlighted in contemporary Chinese context. Beyond linear rural transformation and  resent rural practice, this paper terms “Rural Renaissance” and defines underlying connotations to make it distinct from existing concepts. Lastly, it also notes that the rural  renaissance should have diverse forms in either industry, capital, governance, culture, and so on.


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