Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours
Last Christmas Delivery Dates
Free UK Standard Delivery on orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 18th December 2nd Class | 19th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to shops From 2 hours of your order*
Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China - Studies in Social Inequality (Hardback)
  • Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China - Studies in Social Inequality (Hardback)
zoom

Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China - Studies in Social Inequality (Hardback)

(author)
£48.00
Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 04/12/2007
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In the last two decades of the twentieth century, following the worldwide collapse of communism, China ascended from being one of the most egalitarian societies in the world to one of the more unequal. Wang Feng documents the process of rising inequality in urban China during this period, and explores the underlying structural forces that define China's emerging social landscape.
By treating social categories created under socialism, such as cities and work organizations, as explicit forces generating inequality, the author reveals a pattern that embodies both enlarging inequality between social categories and persistent equality within them. This pattern is traced to China's post-socialist political economy and to a long-existing cultural tradition that places a premium on harmony and group solidarity. China's great reversal from equality to inequality is a powerful example of how social categories, not individual traits and preferences, structure and maintain inequality.

Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804757942
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Boundaries and Categories, by Wang Feng, is a timely publication on an issue of long-standing controversy. . . After more than a decade-long effort of careful and continuous research, Wang has delivered in this book a theoretically inspiring and empirically grounded analysis of the trend and sources of post-Mao Chinese income inequality. His analysis also strikes a good balance among sophisticated yet highly readable statistical results, dense descriptions, rich local knowledge, and coherent theoretical interpretation. This is a book that will, I anticipate, have a lasting impact on the research of transitional China and beyond." -- Yanjie Bian * American Journal of Sociology *
"Feng approaches inequality issues from historically comparative perspectives, tracing the current patterns of equality and inequality back to China's socialist experiment in Mao's era, as well as the traditional Chinese culture that emphasizes collective stability based on stratification and egalitarianism within and between social categories. An eye-opening work." -- CHOICE
"A significant contribution to the study of social inequality in China. Wang Feng is the first to integrate several salient dimensions of the institutional basis of social inequality-from locality to workplace-in a coherent line of argument, and he addresses a distinctive set of themes and issues, significant for understanding changes in China today." -Xueguang Zhou, Stanford University
"The study merits its place in the collection "Studies in Social Inequality" of Stanford University...As sociologist, Wang Feng rightly insists on important observable phenomena, and gives further proof that market societies are not uniform, even when facing similar challenges." -- Chinese Cross Currents
"Wang Feng offers a sophisticated yet accessible investigation of the changing nature of inequality in China. He provides an excellent synthesis of the work to date in sociology, and carefully considers how sociologicalperspectives complement research by economists on the same topic." -- Emily Hannum

You may also be interested in...

Imperial China, 900-1800
Added to basket
Modern Greece
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Dogs and Demons
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Citizen 13660
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
The Middle East For Dummies
Added to basket
The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales
Added to basket
The Sewing Circles of Herat
Added to basket
A History In Fragments
Added to basket
Algerian Chronicles
Added to basket
£12.95
Paperback
Antarctica
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Hell's Angels
Added to basket
The Japanese Mind
Added to basket
Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.