‘Webber is a great communicator readily challenging dogmas and opening up new and alternative ways of seeing and reading. His writing is lively, captivating, and jargon-free. . . It is undeniably an important, persuasive, and highly readable contribution to the scholarship on contemporary Chinese economy and society.
– C. Cindy Fan, Journal of Regional Science
‘Webber’s comprehensive analyses of the political, economic, social and, not least, geographical factors at stake in each specific locality that he has visited make this book thought-provoking and inspiring reading. It is warmly recommended to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of socioeconomic change in rural China.’
– Stig Thøgersen, The China Journal
‘Michael Webber’s excellent study of the diverse ways in which the market and state have impacted upon rural China is based on a decade and a half of annual research visits to far-flung areas of the Chinese countryside. Webber writes well, and he is able to convey a good sense of the stresses to which villagers were subjected in the locales he studied.’
– Jonathan Unger, China Quarterly