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Project Proposal: Comment

In the first presidential debate, both candidates stated that nuclear weapons are the greatest threat facing humanity (one of the few points on which they agreed). Nuclear weapons are a big threat, potentially. Some, including President Obama, make a strong … Continue reading

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Project Proposal

Project Title: The decision-making of social entrepreneurs in China’s urban villages (PDF Version) Overview: I am seeking funds to complete field research for my doctoral dissertation. I am studying how Chinese citizens are working to solve the many problems faced … Continue reading

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Seeking Common Ground

Recent studies suggest that a phenomenon known as “social entrepreneurship” has emerged and been increasing in China over the past decade (Gu 2012; Zhao 2012; Zhao 2014; Zhou et al. 2013). In countries around the world, researchers have observed private … Continue reading

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Market Value and Dirty Underwear

After the first week of my preliminary doctoral research in Shenzhen, I took two bags of dirty clothes to the laundromat across the street. It was about five days worth of clothing for my wife, daughter (3) and I. The … Continue reading

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Debt to a Master, Fei Xiaotong

A student of Bronislaw Malinowski, Fei Xiaotong presented an empathetic and prescient account of the problems facing changing village economies in his native land of China. His career was greatly disrupted by two decades of persecution under the Cultural Revolution … Continue reading

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Getting Guānxi

“Those who exchange presents with one another Remain friends the longest.” ~From the Hávamál(Mauss 1990[1950]:1) The exchange of gifts or money for favors is commonplace in China. Both the national government (the CCP) and foreign observers tend to gloss this … Continue reading

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Pissing on the Street

Shenzhen, the city of 10+ million in southeastern Guangdong Province where I do most of my field research, has a wide variety of neighborhoods. In fact, until it was declared a special economic zone (SEZ) about thirty years ago, this … Continue reading

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