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


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

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  • This book presents a systematic study of social stratification processes in urban China, from 1949 to 1994. Based on the life histories of a sample of urban residents from 20 Chinese cities, this book addresses two themes: (1) the interplay between redistribution and social stratification under state socialism in urban China, especially the impact of the state and state policies on individual life chances, in such areas as education, labor force participation, promotion in organizations, and the distribution of manifest and latent economic benefits; (2) an assessment of sources and extent of China's economic transformation since the 1980s. The author blends sociological analysis and sensitivity to the historical context in interpreting changes and continuity in the 45-year history of state socialist China. This is a comprehensive and rigorous study of social stratification in 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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    • Date Published: August 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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