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The South China Silk District
Local Historical Transformation and World System Theory
The South China Silk District
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Alvin Y. So - Author
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Hardcover - 206 pages
Release Date: November 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-321-7
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-321-3

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Paperback - 206 pages
Release Date: November 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-322-5
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-322-0

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Summary

The material in this book is framed and organized through the themes of world system's theory -- such as incorporation, commercialization of agriculture, industrialization, proletarianization, and the cyclical rhythm of the capitalist world-system.

"This is an important book on a subject of significance both to sociologists and sinologists. It is based on a rare combination of serious theoretical and empirical (including primary) research. It is the first serious attempt to explore the strengths and limits of world system theory in a Chinese context, the first that is to do so through a serious empirical study." -- Mark Selden

The whole range of sericulture is examined from the production process, the social and technical problems, and the motives of cultivators, to how this form of agriculture changed over time. This text, replete with concrete and historical detail, offers carefully researched data of interest to sociologists and sinologists, as well as those in anthropology, economics, political science, and history.

Alvin Y. So is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgements

One World-System Perspective and Local Studies

Two The South China Silk District

Three Precapitalist Social Formations

Four Incorporation

Five Commercialization of Agriculture

Six Industrialization

Seven Proletarianization

Eight Cyclical Development

Nine Conclusion

References

Endnotes

Appendix: Weights and Currency Conversions

Index


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