Professor Huaiyin Li Wins Robert W. Hamilton Book Award
Posted: October 22, 2010
On Thursday, October 21st, Professor Huaiyin Li was one of four Liberal Arts Faculty members that was awarded the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for his award-winning book, Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008, (Stanford University Press).
Village China Under Socialism and Reform offers a comprehensive account of rural life after the communist revolution, detailing villager involvement in political campaigns since the 1950s, agricultural production under the collective system, family farming and non-agricultural economy in the reform, and everyday life in the family and community. Li's examination draws on original documents from local agricultural collectives, newly accessible government archives, and his own fieldwork in Qin village of Jiangsu province to highlight the continuities in rural transformation. Firmly disagreeing with those who claim that recent developments in rural China represent a radical break with pre-reform sociopolitical practices and patterns of production, Li instead draws a clear history connecting the current situation to ecological, social, and institutional changes that have persisted from the collective era.
The Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards are made to faculty or staff members who, in the preceding calendar and/or academic year, have published the best book-length publications as determined by a multi-disciplinary committee of scholars appointed by the Vice President for Research of The University of Texas at Austin. Published works include scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections.
Professor Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of History with an affiliation with the Department of Asian Studies.