The structure and contradictions of productive relations in socialist agrarian 'reform': A framework for analysis and the Chinese case

Title:
The structure and contradictions of productive relations in socialist agrarian 'reform': A framework for analysis and the Chinese case
Authors:
Blecher, Marc J.
Abstract:
This article attempts to develop a complex analytical framework for analysing socialist agrarian reform, and to apply it to the case of post-Mao China, perhaps the most sweeping agrarian 'reform' in the history of socialism. The purpose of doing so is to disaggregate the complex changes which have been wrought under the 'responsibility systems' in order to get a more nuanced sense of what has and has not changed, how the various parts fit together, and where the axes of contradiction posed by the 'reform' may lie. This analytical framework may also be of use in comparative analysis of socialist agriculture, though that enterprise is not attempted here. One basic argument of this study is that the 'responsibility systems' of the recent Chinese 'reforms' are neither socialist nor capitalist, but something distinctive, whose potentially heterogeneous elements must be identified, disaggregated, analysed one by one, and then reconstituted, in order to expose their nature, dynamics and contradictions.
Citation:
Blecher, Marc. J. "The Structure and Contradictions of Productive Relations in Socialist Agrarian 'Reform': A Framework for Analysis and The Chinese Case." Journal of Development Studies 22, 1 (October 1985): 104-126.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
DATE ISSUED:
1985-10
Department:
East Asian Studies
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1080/00220388508421971
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309770

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBlecher, Marc J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:17:29Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:17:29Zen
dc.date.issued1985-10en
dc.identifier.citationBlecher, Marc. J. "The Structure and Contradictions of Productive Relations in Socialist Agrarian 'Reform': A Framework for Analysis and The Chinese Case." Journal of Development Studies 22, 1 (October 1985): 104-126.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-0388en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309770en
dc.description.abstractThis article attempts to develop a complex analytical framework for analysing socialist agrarian reform, and to apply it to the case of post-Mao China, perhaps the most sweeping agrarian 'reform' in the history of socialism. The purpose of doing so is to disaggregate the complex changes which have been wrought under the 'responsibility systems' in order to get a more nuanced sense of what has and has not changed, how the various parts fit together, and where the axes of contradiction posed by the 'reform' may lie. This analytical framework may also be of use in comparative analysis of socialist agriculture, though that enterprise is not attempted here. One basic argument of this study is that the 'responsibility systems' of the recent Chinese 'reforms' are neither socialist nor capitalist, but something distinctive, whose potentially heterogeneous elements must be identified, disaggregated, analysed one by one, and then reconstituted, in order to expose their nature, dynamics and contradictions.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00220388508421971en
dc.subject.departmentEast Asian Studiesen_US
dc.titleThe structure and contradictions of productive relations in socialist agrarian 'reform': A framework for analysis and the Chinese caseen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Development Studiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordSocialist societiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordLand reformen_US
dc.subject.keywordAgriculture and stateen_US
dc.subject.keywordEconomic policyen_US
dc.subject.keywordHistoryen_US
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