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Understanding the Complex Processes Underlying Well-Being of Rural Households

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Abstract

An analysis of rural livelihoods is carried out to understand the micro- and macro-level processes that shape the well-being of rural households during urbanization. The analysis is based on quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews and field observations across eight villages around Poyang Lake. I examine rural households’ livelihoods against the broad development background in China, and within their local environmental contexts, which also define their exposure to flood hazards. While urbanization has a positive effect on reducing the sensitivity of rural livelihoods to flooding, a variety of constraints, including some institutional factors and macro-level processes, confront rural households in developing viable livelihoods. I discuss how development programs and policy may simultaneously promote rural development and mitigate flood impacts in the Poyang Lake area.

Keywords

Rural livelihoods Rural-urban connection Policy and institutions Urbanization Flood impact mitigation • Understanding processes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, College of ScienceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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