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Migration, Risk and Livelihoods: A Chinese Case

Zhang, H.X. (2010) Migration, Risk and Livelihoods: A Chinese Case. Working Paper. Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften / Institute of East Asian Studies, Universität Duisburg-Essen , Duisburg, Germany. ISSN 1865-858X

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China has turned from a ‘low risk’ to a ‘high risk’ society since the start of the market reforms in the late 1970s. Market, while bringing diverse livelihood opportunities to rural people, has simultaneously distributed risks, and the exposure and vulnerability to them unequally among different social groups. This paper attempts to apply the risk concept to the study of one of the most socially disadvantaged groups in China, namely rural-urban migrants, through analysing the narratives of members of a migratory family of the Hui Muslim national minority from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, who run a business in the northern city of Tianjin. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, the research adopts an actor-oriented perspective combined with qualitative longitudinal research methodology (or ‘extended case method’) to delineate a livelihood trajectory of this family, and explore the relationships between livelihood, risk, social networks, agency and public policy interventions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © by the author
Keywords: Rural-urban migration, risk, contingency, uncertainty, livelihood, social networks, agency, social security, translocality, longitudinal research, narrative, extended case method, China
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Leeds) > East Asian Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2010 10:31
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2014 03:24
Published Version: http://www.uni-due.de/~hy0382/fileadmin/publicatio...
Status: Published
Publisher: Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften / Institute of East Asian Studies, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Identification Number: Duisburg Working Papers on East Asian Studies 85
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42608

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