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Property Rights Redistribution, Entitlement Failure and the Impoverishment of Landless Farmers in China

He, Shenjing, Liu, Yuting, Webster, Christopher John and Wu, Fulong 2009. Property Rights Redistribution, Entitlement Failure and the Impoverishment of Landless Farmers in China. Urban Studies 46 (9) , pp. 1925-1949. 10.1177/0042098009106015

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Abstract

Within the process of urban expansion through land requisition in China, farmers' de facto rights to collective land, including farmland and housing plots (zhaijidi), are forcibly acquired by the state and thereafter redistributed to private developers, to facilitate urban-based economic growth. Deprived of a secure livelihood, some landless farmers become trapped in poverty. Others find that the property rights restructuring in urbanised villages gives them an opportunity to earn rental income. However, the opportunities are not equally distributed and the processes are, in general, stacked against the interests of villagers. This paper analyses the impoverishment of farmers caught up in China's relentless urban expansion programme, using the perspectives of property rights and entitlements. It presents case studies of two villages in Xi'an to illustrate how farmers' entitlement sets and vulnerability to poverty have changed as a result of changes in land rights.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
K Law > K Law (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0042-0980
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:07
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11631

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