The social economy of new rural reconstruction
China Journal of Social Work
new rural reconstruction, perspective, social economy
This paper employs the concept of 'social economy' to reflect on the authors' experiences in rural reconstruction efforts in Mainland China, including work on peasant cooperatives and community-supported agriculture. In practice, the social and the economic can never be clearly separated. Economic problems, which may superficially appear to be independent, are in fact over-determined by all kinds of social and cultural factors, so a holistic perspective of 'social economy' is needed to re-embed the economic into its social context. Such a perspective can help expand the space of our practice and reflection thereon, in particular helping practitioners to understand the difficulties encountered in rural reconstruction.
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Pan, J., & Du, J. (2011). The social economy of new rural reconstruction. China Journal of Social Work, 4(3), 271-282. doi:10.1080/17525098.2011.615385