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From Village to CitySocial Transformation in a Chinese County Seat$
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Andrew B. Kipnis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289703

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289703.001.0001

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Time for Community

(p.174) Eight Villagers-in-the-City
From Village to City

Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press

Villagers-in-the-city are people whose village land was swallowed up by the expanding city in the process of urbanization. This chapter explores the terms for the appropriation of their land and the ways in which their kinship arrangements have evolved. Because they have not migrated, these people have more extensive social networks than the migrant workers. Because the terms of land appropriation have been quite favorable, many of these families are relatively well-off and have time for community building. As an example of their community building and networking activities, this chapter also uses the institution of matchmaking as a case study.

Keywords:   villagers-in-the-city, community, social networks, kinship, matchmaking

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