By Chih-yu Shih (auth.)
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Likewise, political scientists take the dubious definition of poverty in their research, without further thought. As a result, when politicians approach poverty or political scientists explain political behavior through the notion of poverty, it is quite common for both sides to discover that no shared meaning of poverty exists between them. As the next sections show, the simple confusion about the meaning of poverty affects the self-images of ethnic villagers in the mountains and their ability to formulate their own discourse on poverty.
The mix of perspectives takes place among them. They are both sympathetic and familiar with difficulties at the local level. It is likely that they are the backers of reformulating the poverty discourse. Only those reflections considered “creative” are reported. Others that reproduce the mainstream view of cultural reformulation will not be repeated, except for the sake of providing contrast. Limited Administrative Leverages Poverty is not going to vanish simply by reallocating resources to poor areas.
Under this cultural context, local village cadres should play the role of success models in the market. Their success can eradicate suspicions toward profiting behavior that previous socialist indoctrination has denounced. Leadership provided by local party secretaries is more persuasive to the poor villages than the profit incentives provided by the state. Cadres cash in on the policy privileges, and the neighbors follow. This would be a forceful demonstration to conservative villagers who prefer to adhere to the existing way of life.
Autonomy, Ethnicity, and Poverty in Southwestern China: The State Turned Upside Down by Chih-yu Shih (auth.)