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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

Part VIII: Poverty and Inequality: Introduction

Poverty and Inequality: Introduction
Poverty and Inequality: Introduction

The intensity of socio-economic change in contemporary China has had a significant impact on conditions of poverty and inequality. Prior to market reform, unity and homogeneity were pillars of the communist ideology and the lion's share of the citizenry was equitably impoverished. Apart from lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and extreme poverty, market liberalization and the subsequent growth have created concentrations of social and economic capital and have shifted historical geographies of poverty. It is no surprise then that a robust body of research has developed around the study of poverty and inequality. Contributions in this part of the handbook assert historical and analytical findings to underscore conditions of relative and absolute poverty, regional divide, ...

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