Introduction: Governance, Rural Migrants, and Manufacturing Towns

  • Yue GongEmail author


Gong summarizes three interactive research themes: governance, Chinese rural migrants, and manufacturing towns. This introductory chapter shows how authorities govern rural migrants as an ongoing source of cheap labor in non-factory areas during an increasing rural labor shortage. Gong explores the research themes along the dimensions of space, scale, and process. This chapter also introduces the book’s research methodology and describes Dongguan, China’s iconic manufacturing city comprising an agglomeration of a few smaller towns, as the locale for a case study of manufacturing towns.


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  1. 1.Shenzhen Graduate SchoolPeking UniversityShenzhenChina

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