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Class in Contemporary China.

By: Goodman, David S. G.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.China Today: Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2014Description: 1 online resource (253 p.).ISBN: 9780745687285.Subject(s): China -- Social conditions | Middle class -- China -- History | Social classes -- China | Social mobility -- ChinaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Class in Contemporary ChinaDDC classification: 305.5/50951 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
China Today series; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Tables; Maps; Chronology; Preface; Abbreviations, Measures and Note on Chinese Names and Transliteration; 1: Introduction Understanding Class in China; Understanding China and Class; Revolutionary Class Analysis; The Bourgeoisie within the Party; Class by Ideology; Class by Occupation; Analysing Class in Contemporary China; 2: Social Stratification under Reform; Markers of Change; Rural-urban Relations; Reform and Inequality; Stratification and Class; The Emergent Class Structure; 3: The Dominant Class; The Political Elite
The Economic ElitePower and Wealth; 4: The Middle Classes; Considering the Middle Class; Size and Wealth; The Aspirational Middle Class; The Intermediate Middle Classes; 5: The Subordinate Classes; Public-sector Workers; Workers in the Non-public Sector; Peasants; 6: The Political Economy of Change; Market Transition; Democratization; A New Working Class; Peasant Activism; Inequality and Regime Legitimacy; 7: Conclusion Inequality and Class; Inequality; Class; Bibliography; Index
Summary: More than three decades of economic growth have led to significant social change in the People's Republic of China. This timely book examines the emerging structures of class and social stratification: how they are interpreted and managed by the Chinese Communist Party, and how they are understood and lived by people themselves. David Goodman details the emergence of a dominant class based on political power and wealth that has emerged from the institutions of the Party-state; a well-established middle class that is closely associated with the Party-state and a not-so-well-established entrepre
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China Today series; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Tables; Maps; Chronology; Preface; Abbreviations, Measures and Note on Chinese Names and Transliteration; 1: Introduction Understanding Class in China; Understanding China and Class; Revolutionary Class Analysis; The Bourgeoisie within the Party; Class by Ideology; Class by Occupation; Analysing Class in Contemporary China; 2: Social Stratification under Reform; Markers of Change; Rural-urban Relations; Reform and Inequality; Stratification and Class; The Emergent Class Structure; 3: The Dominant Class; The Political Elite

The Economic ElitePower and Wealth; 4: The Middle Classes; Considering the Middle Class; Size and Wealth; The Aspirational Middle Class; The Intermediate Middle Classes; 5: The Subordinate Classes; Public-sector Workers; Workers in the Non-public Sector; Peasants; 6: The Political Economy of Change; Market Transition; Democratization; A New Working Class; Peasant Activism; Inequality and Regime Legitimacy; 7: Conclusion Inequality and Class; Inequality; Class; Bibliography; Index

More than three decades of economic growth have led to significant social change in the People's Republic of China. This timely book examines the emerging structures of class and social stratification: how they are interpreted and managed by the Chinese Communist Party, and how they are understood and lived by people themselves. David Goodman details the emergence of a dominant class based on political power and wealth that has emerged from the institutions of the Party-state; a well-established middle class that is closely associated with the Party-state and a not-so-well-established entrepre

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CHOICE Review

Goodman (Chinese politics, Univ. of Sydney) has done a pioneering integration of numerous large, small, and emergent studies probing the meaning and identification of social class in contemporary China. His book's strength is the exploration of the relationship between political and economic elites that has emerged during and after three decades of reform. One of the author's core findings is that class in China needs to be approached as a study less from a statistical category that focuses on economic inequality or as income-specific, and more from a sociological perspective that probes the intergenerational transfer of status, power, and wealth. Goodman provides a concise overview of how social stratification changed within the revolutionary and reform eras. The chapter on the rise of China's middle class with all the sundry difficulties in trying to conceptualize the phenomenon is worth the price of the book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --William R. Jankowiak, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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David S. G. Goodman is Academic Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, where he is Professor of Chinese Politics. He is also Professor in the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Nanjing University.

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