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The State and Life Chances in Urban China
Redistribution and Stratification, 1949–1994

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153843

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  • Using life history information of a national sample of urban Chinese residents, this book examines how shifting state policies and political processes led to drastic fluctuations of opportunities in education attainment, employment, promotions, and economic benefits over a 45-year history. The author addresses issues about the evolution of state socialism in China and the sources and extent of fundamental changes over the last two decades to demonstrate how the socialist state's policies affected everyday life in urban China.

    • A comprehensive study of social stratification in urban China
    • A very rigorous analysis of the stratification processes on China
    • A blend of rigorous analyses and sensitivity to the historical context
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    "This volume offers the most comprehensive study of social stratification in Socialist China to date." - China Review International, Xiaojun Wang, University of Hawai'i

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153843
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Redistribution and stratification dynamics under State Socialism
    2. Overview: historical context and research design
    Part I. Redistribution and Stratification Dynamics: Empirical Evidence:
    3. Education stratification
    4. Entry into the labor force: patterns of first-job attainment
    5. Children of the Cultural Revolution: the send-down episode
    6. Climbing the political ladder: bureaucratic career patterns
    Part II. Assessing Institutional Changes in the Post-Mao Era:
    7. Economic transformation and changes in income inequality
    8. Redistribution and latent economic benefits
    9. Institutional changes and patterns of job shifts
    10. Economic transformation and life chances: a life-course perspective
    Part III. Summary and Conclusion:
    11. Social stratification under State Socialism: summary and assessment
    12. Stratification dynamics and institutional transformation

  • Author

    Xueguang Zhou, Duke University, North Carolina

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