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Consumption and Consumer Rights in Contemporary China
Consumption and Consumer Rights in Contemporary China
Erika Kuever
Introduction

A visit to a Chinese market or department store reveals at a glance the scale and depth of the social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the last three decades. Little more than a generation ago food and personal necessities were distributed by one's work unit and the few shops that existed carried a limited inventory of goods which could only be obtained through one's employer or personal connections. Today, Beijing's many private markets and department stores are full of seemingly endless quantities of everything imaginable. Small greengrocers jockey for space with international chain stores, fast food franchises, and luxury shopping malls in crowded retail clusters, ...

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