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Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market

channels are precari- ous, as brokers recruit laborers from faraway villages where they have few social connections to generate trust-based relationships. Finally, even as land development defuses the rural fiscal crisis generated by labor migra- tion, it creates new tendencies toward overproduction. Local governments expropriate rural land beyond the limits of state regulation, threatening food security; real estate markets overheat beyond demand, showing signs of impending bust. This book reveals boom-and-bust patterns of the Chinese economy, created by