Privatizing China

Privatizing China

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Everyday life in China is increasingly shaped by a novel mix of neoliberal and socialist elements, of individual choices and state objectives. This combination of self-determination and socialism from afar has incited profound changes in the ways individuals think and act in different spheres of society. Covering a vast range of daily lifea€”from homeowner organizations and the users of Internet cafes to self-directed professionals and informed consumersa€”the essays in Privatizing China create a compelling picture of the burgeoning awareness of self-governing within the postsocialist context. The introduction by Aihwa Ong and Li Zhang presents assemblage as a concept for studying China as a unique postsocialist society created through interactions with global forms. The authors conduct their ethnographic fieldwork in a spectrum of domainsa€”family, community, real estate, business, taxation, politics, labor, health, professions, religion, and consumptiona€”that are infiltrated by new techniques of the self and yet also regulated by broader socialist norms. Privatizing China gives readers a grounded, fine-grained intimacy with the variety and complexity of everyday conduct in China's turbulent transformation.To enable the local government to benefit continuously from the appreciation of land value driven by economic growth, the experiences of ... value of their flats, while owners of commercial real estate pay a 15 percent property tax on income earned from their rental premises. ... Second, taxes and fees now imposed against the real estate transaction process should be simplified and subject to lower rates.

Title:Privatizing China
Author: Li Zhang, Aihwa Ong
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2015-05-27

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