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By Jason Young

Through 2010, 260 million electorate have been residing outdoor in their everlasting hukou position, a tremendous problem to the constrictive Mao-era approach of migration and cost making plans. Jason younger indicates how those new forces were got by means of the kingdom and files the method of swap and the significance of China's hukou method.

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Premodern and republican hukou systems, culture and migration The development of the hukou system through the early population registration systems, the ‘xiangsui system’ and the ‘baojia’ or ‘mutual responsibility’ system, shows the precursors of today’s hukou system arose very early in China’s history and were utilised for many of the same purposes it is used today (Wang 2005a; Lu 2003 and 2004; Tian 2003; Wang 2006). The systematic development of ‘community-oriented, regionally based organization of families and clans for purposes of taxation and social control’ began as early as the Xia Dynasty (21st–16th century BC) and included population census and household registration that continued during the Shang Dynasty (16th–11th century BC) through a record of households (Wang 2005a:33).

Data collection and fieldwork in the PRC is subject to the general problems in quantitative research (availability of data; quality of data; selection of data) but also has the added challenge of being ‘subject to many political restrictions’ (Thogersen and Heimer 2006:3). Moreover, statistics of migration levels vary greatly in China (Goodkind and West 2002). Therefore, this study attempts to clarify these statistics by carefully defining migration in terms of hukou, non-hukou and temporary permit migration and presenting a variety of measures to establish 26 China’s Hukou System general trends.

As Wang (2005a) notes, this confers on it a high degree of historical legitimacy, a point that is fundamental to understanding the path dependency and formal and informal institutional acceptance of the system historically and in contemporary times. After the establishment of the PRC, ROC laws were repealed (Ma 2003) but soon replaced with regulations that reinstated many of the republican and imperial functions of the hukou system. The major difference however was the linking of hukou to the planned economy and socialist system of governance.

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