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Masculine Compromise"Migration, Family, and Gender in China"$
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Susanne "Yuk-Ping Choi and Yinni Peng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288270

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288270.001.0001

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Marginal Men and China’s Grand Narratives

Marginal Men and China’s Grand Narratives

(p.21) Chapter 2 Marginal Men and China’s Grand Narratives
Masculine Compromise

Susanne Y. P. Choi

Yinni Peng

University of California Press

This chapter describes the rural-to-urban migration history of four men, weaving their stories through the grand narrative of China’s economic modernization and the role of the state in regulating migration flows through its hukou (household registration) system and other policies. By locating personal experiences within an institutional context, this chapter provides the historical and structural background for analyzing how migration shapes family life, looking at the macro-structural context of rural-urban inequality, as well as at how state and capital collude in the exploitation and marginalization of migrants in post-socialist China.

Keywords:   household registration (hukou), internal migration, economic reform, state-capital collusion, rural-urban inequality, market transition, China, modernization, migrant men

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