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

Income Inequality and Class Stratification

Income Inequality and Class Stratification

Income Inequality and Class Stratification
Yanjie Bian Lei Zhang Yinghui Li Yipeng Hu Na Li


This chapter assesses the trend of income inequality in post-1978 reform-era China and describes the resulting class stratification. The authors have taken an empirically informed theoretical position to conduct this work. Empirically, China has been characterized by steadily growing income inequality, and an assessment of this trend is the starting point for any analysis of class stratification. Theoretically, property ownership, managerial power, and work skills are the three distinctive sources of income earned to satisfy the needs of survival, enjoyment, and development for individuals and ...

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