Country Maids in the City: Domestic Service as an Agent of Modernity in China

  • Delia Davin
Part of the The CERI Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (CERI)


Many observers have commented that rural to urban migration is one of the most striking social and economic phenomena in China today, with hugely important implications for the development of the cities and the newly-industrializing areas to which migrants go, and for the rural and often poor areas of the hinterland, which they leave. Migration is a major concern within China as official statements at national and local government levels on labor, public security, birth planning, education, and housing frequently show. The Chinese media offer considerable, largely hostile coverage of migration,1 and a growing scholarly literature explores the reasons for the increase in migration, provides estimates of migrant numbers, and evaluates their impact on the sending and destination areas.2


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