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The State and Life Chances in Urban China : Redistribution and Stratification, 1949-1994 - Xueguang Zhou

The State and Life Chances in Urban China

Redistribution and Stratification, 1949-1994

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780521835077
Number Of Pages: 400

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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 the most comprehensive and rigorous study of social stratification in China to date.

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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

Redistribution and stratification dynamics under state socialism
Overview: historical context and research design
Redistribution and Stratification Dynamics
Empirical Evidence
Education stratification
Entry into the labor force: patterns of first-job attainment
Children of the cultural revolution: the send-down episode
Climbing the political ladder: bureaucratic career patterns
Assessing Institutional Changes in the Post-Mao Era
Economic transformation and changes in income inequality
Redistribution and latent economic benefits
Institutional changes and patterns of job shifts
Economic transformation and life course: a life course perspective
Summary and Conclusion
Social stratification under state socialism: summary and assessment
Stratification dynamics and institutional transformation
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ISBN: 9780521835077
ISBN-10: 0521835070
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.68

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