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

The Making of the ‘Migrant Class'

The Making of the ‘Migrant Class'

The Making of the ‘Migrant Class'
Huimin Du Wenfei Winnie Wang


Under the urban-biased economic priorities and the heavy industrial development strategy in the society of the Mao era, fundamentally different distribution policies were adopted towards the cities and towards the countryside. The urbanites were guaranteed supplies of food and consumer goods and entitled secure jobs, state-provided housing, education, medical care, pensions, etc.; the peasants, in contrast, were outside the state budget and had to fend for themselves in the form of collectivised agriculture (Zhang, 2002; Whyte, 2010). The extensive urban rationing and the associated bureaucratic controls over jobs, housing, medical care, etc., combined with the hukou mechanism and the ...

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