Myth of the Social Volcano: Perceptions of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China

Myth of the Social Volcano: Perceptions of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China

by Martin Whyte
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804769427

ISBN-13: 9780804769426

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Is popular anger about rising inequality propelling China toward a "social volcano" of protest activity and instability that could challenge Chinese Communist Party rule? Many inside and outside of China have speculated, without evidence, that the answer is yes. In 2004, Harvard sociologist Martin King Whyte has undertaken the first systematic, nationwide survey of

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Is popular anger about rising inequality propelling China toward a "social volcano" of protest activity and instability that could challenge Chinese Communist Party rule? Many inside and outside of China have speculated, without evidence, that the answer is yes. In 2004, Harvard sociologist Martin King Whyte has undertaken the first systematic, nationwide survey of ordinary Chinese citizens to ask them directly how they feel about inequalities that have resulted since China's market opening in 1978. His findings are the subject of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804769426
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Is Rising Inequality Propelling China Toward a "Social Volcano"? 1

Part I How Angry Are Chinese Citizens About Current Inequalities?

Chapter 1 China's Post-Socialist Transition and Rising Inequality 11

Chapter 2 The China National Survey on Inequality and Distributive Justice 33

Chapter 3 What Do Chinese Citizens See as Fair and Unfair About Current Inequalities? 43

Chapter 4 Chinese Views on Inequality in Comparative Perspective 68

Part II The Social Contours of Feelings of Distributive Injustice

Chapter 5 Chinese Attitudes Toward Current Inequalities 95

Chapter 6 Perceptions of Current Inequalities 104

Chapter 7 Preferences for Equality and Inequality 117

Chapter 8 Views on Stratification and Class Conflict 139

Chapter 9 Views About Opportunities and Social Justice 163

Conclusion: Beyond the Myth of the Social Volcano 181

Notes 203

Bibliography 233

Index 241

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