The Accidental Capitalist: A People's Story of the New China / Prosper or Perish: Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China
In China more than 10 million rural-to-urban migrants leave the countryside and work in cities every year. In The Accidental Capitalist, Behzad Yaghmaian examines the socio-economic conditions of rural-to-urban migrants in Shenzhen - a 'Special Economic Zone' and a major absorber of migrants in southern China. Between 2007 and 2009, he lived among migrants and paid daily visits to a local urban village to collect migrants' life stories, which laid the foundations of the rich and personal narratives contained in the book. His study has an ingenious balance of journalistic-style writing and academic insights, making a contribution to the literature in a special way. As well as the introduction and conclusion, the book consists of four major parts (Books I, II, III and IV).