Agrarian Change in Contemporary China: Observations and Implications

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: China Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8219, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Gregory Veeck, Wenjing Jiang
Chairs: Gregory Veeck

Call for Submissions

With its impressive achievements in agricultural development, poverty alleviation, and overall economic growth, China has become an important reference point used to examine rural (under)development in the Second and Third Worlds. Following the enormous transformations over the past decades, the Chinese countryside today is still witnessing rapid, intriguing and complex changes, triggered by multi-scalar concerns, struggles and practices over land, food, survival and social justice, from local to global. This session welcomes timely and creative studies on all aspects of rural life in China. Bringing together research findings from all intellectual traditions and methodological approaches, we seek to generate implications for future empirical research, policy making, and possibilities of alternative models as well as experimental practices on the ground. Potential topics include but are not limited to: shifting agricultural policies and domestic/international production regimes (e.g., food safety, food security, new marketing channels, commodity production, trade, and fast-changing farm scale), changing regulations of land and natural resources, tracking land use patterns and changes, investment in agricultural infrastructure and technologies, emerging and innovative rural land transfer practices and related financial services (e.g., through homestead mortgage, land trust, agricultural loans/insurance), increasing concerns over inequality and justice (e.g., income inequality, unfair housing practices, uneven environmental degradation, access to and affordability of safe food), intertwining urban-rural relationships (e.g., through rural industrialization, e-commerce, and migration), and ongoing and continual efforts for transformations towards a sustainable future


Agriculture and Other Issues of Interest for Rural China will be a paper session with four papers and a discussant incorporating diverse topics related to contemporary or historical rural China.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Clifton Pannell University of Georgia 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Gregory Veeck*, Western Michigan University, Regional shifts in agricultural land use and crop production in China: an empirical redesign of China’s agricultural regions 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Erik Breidinger*, Western Michigan University, The use of high and medium resolution imagery to detect agricultural land cover in Chinese Cities: A case study of Nanjing-2000 to 2015 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Shuang Wu*, University of Washington, Daniel Abramson*, University of Washington, Rural Resilience in the Chengdu Plain: a Multi-scale Perspective 20 6:00 PM

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