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Introduction: From destitute to Xiao Kang (Well-Being), maybe Da Guo (Great Nation): Explorations of chinese capitalisms and capitalist actions

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which focuses on issues pertaining to the emergence of capitalism in China. It first highlights the main arguments of the five chapters of the book. These five chapters put forth complex empirical observations, nuanced theoretical generalizations, and provocative conclusions, the richness of which defies effort to compare them. The chapter then highlights a few points of contention among the chapters. The notions of the "international division of labour", "global production network", "global commodity chain", and "globalization" have been very much in vogue within the social sciences in the last few decades. Some of these concepts were coined to make sense of the political economy of less developed countries. A second major theme touched upon by the five chapters is the complex interrelationship between the state and social relations and how together they have shaped the trajectory of development of Chinese capitalisms.

Keywords: Chinese capitalisms; globalization; political economy; social relations



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