Town and Country in China

Identity and Perception

  • David Faure
  • Tao Tao Liu

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

About this book


The transformation in Chinese social theory in the twentieth century placed the rural-urban divide at the centre of individual identity. In 1500, such distinctions were insignificant and it was the emergence of political reforms in the early 1920s and 1930s which separated cities and towns as agents of social change and encouraged a perception of rural backwardness. This interdisciplinary collection traces the development and distinctions between urban and rural life and the effect on the Chinese sense of identity from the sixteenth century to the present day. It provides a daunting example of the influence that political ideology may exert on an individual's sense of place.


China identity novel social change social theory society transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • David Faure
    • 1
  • Tao Tao Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Wadham CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-66298-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-07001-2
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