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This resistance belies the teleological necessity often assumed by ideologues of globalization. Home to the world’s largest rural population, China is a countryside” ( jianshe shehuizhuyi xin nongcun). It is as yet unclear what this will mean for the countryside, but the state is now investing heavily in rural education and infrastructure development. . Mike Davis, Planet of Slums (London: Verso, 2006), 1. Day / The End of the Peasant? 51 key site to investigate this transformation and how people react to and understand it.

For those migrant workers who are self-employed in urban areas, the opinion required them to join the insurance system as nonpermanent employees. In 2004, Beijing and some cities in Shandong Province began to offer different kinds of medical insurance for migrant workers, but progress in the nation as a whole was rather slow. According to statistics from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, of the 120 million migrant workers in China, only about 12 million, or 10 percent of migrant workers, participated in the medical insurance system.

17 Chinese agriculture, according to Wen, could operate with around 100 million people, while the rural laboring population is about 600 million. 18 With such a large surplus in the countryside, is it possible to treat labor-power as a commodity? And if not, how is the rural population to sustain itself within a market economy? If the urban employment market cannot absorb the rural unemployed, then who will support them? At this juncture, Wen points out, a social security system for rural residents would be too expensive for the Chinese state.

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