Although the reported gender imbalance, due to the Single Child Policy (1979-2015) has caused international alarm, this study finds that the number of "missing girls" may not be as pronounced as previous studies suggest due to wide spread local underreporting of births from the 1980s to early 2000s. In Local Leaders, Families, and the "Missing Girls" in Rural China, John James Kennedy and Yaojiang Shi focus on village-level implementation of the one-childpolicy and how shocking the level of mutual-noncompliance between officials and rural families has been.
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John James Kennedy is Professor of Political Science and Director of Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas. He has consistently returned to China to conduct research on rural politics since 1994, and he is also co-founder of the Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center (NSDRC) at Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, China. His research is on local governance and social development in China; topics include local elections,
tax reform, family planning, health care and the cadre management system. He has in a published in a variety of peer reviewed journals including The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Asian Survey, The Journal of Peasant Studies and Political Studies.
Yaojiang Shi is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Experimental Economics in Education (CEEE) at Shaanxi Normal University, as well as Director of the Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center (NSDRC). He has been conducting regional
survey research and village case studies in rural China since 2002. His research focuses on rural public service provision, quality of rural health care and rural education. He has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals including The China Quarterly, Journal of Comparative Economics, Health Policy and Planning, British Medical Journal, and Asia Pacific Education Review.
Chapter 1: Street Level Birth Control and Mutual Noncompliance
Chapter 2: Historical Underreporting and Identifying the "Missing Girls"
Chapter 3: Registration Challenge: Counting the Population from Imperial China to the PRC
Chapter 4: Cadre Voices and Birth Registration Process in the Villages
Chapter 5: Villagers, Daughters, Voices of the "Missing"
This provocative book will cause us to reconsider the consequences of China's one-child policy. Kennedy and Shi show that the phenomenon of 'hidden girls' may have been much larger than previously thought. * Bruce Dickson, George Washington University * In this book, two talented scholars from the U.S. and China tell a fascinating story about how China's family planning policy enables local officials and residents to cleverly negotiate a deal that benefits both sides. The authors set a new standard that will lead the research agenda in Chinese local politics for years to come. * Wenfang Tang, University of Iowa * It's a rare day that policy relevance, striking new facts, and careful scholarship appear together in one gracefully and powerfully written book. But that day has come with Lost and Found. That millions of girls are only missing in China's statistics, owing to completely understandable reasons that families and local cadres failed to report them, is a finding that the China field and the Chinese government will be coping with for decades to come. * Kevin J. O'Brien, University of California-Berkeley *
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