The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Economic Growth and Labor Security

Economic Growth and Labor Security

Economic Growth and Labor Security
Jenny Chan


In the late 1970s, China embarked on a new path of development, unleashing untapped economic and labor resources including domestic market forces and international capital. Government officials promoted a series of rural reforms in an attempt to revitalize agriculture and to liberalize industries. Local labor markets have emerged in the dual processes of decentralization and decollectivization driven by the reformist state, and pushed forth by ordinary people who had initiated social and economic transformations to improve their lives (Blecher 2010; Friedman and Lee 2010; Chan and Selden 2014; Lee 2016). With the dismantling of people's communes, each of the rural household shall legally contract a small piece of farm ...

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