Class in Contemporary China

Class in Contemporary China

Book - 2014
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015

More than three decades of economic growth have led to significantsocial change in the Peoples Republic of China. This timelybook examines the emerging structures of class and socialstratification: how they are interpreted and managed by the ChineseCommunist Party, and how they are understood and lived by peoplethemselves.

David Goodman details the emergence of a dominant class based onpolitical power and wealth that has emerged from the institutionsof the Party-state; a well-established middle class that is closelyassociated with the Party-state and a not-so-well-establishedentrepreneurial middle class; and several different subordinateclasses in both the rural and urban areas. In doing so, heconsiders several critical issues: the extent to which the socialbasis of the Chinese political system has changed and the likelyconsequences; the impact of change on the old working class thatwas the socio-political mainstay of state socialism before the1980s; the extent to which the migrant workers on whom much of theeconomic power of the PRC since the early 1980s has been based arebecoming a new working class; and the consequences of Chinasgrowing middle class, especially for politics.

The result is an invaluable guide for students and non-specialistsinterested in the contours of ongoing social change in China.
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780745653365
0745653367
Branch Call Number: 305.50951 GOO
Characteristics: xvii, 233 pages :,maps ;,22 cm.

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