Contesting Citizenship In Urban China

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Post-Mao market reforms in China have led to a massive migration of rural peasants toward the cities. Officially denied residency in the cities, the over 80 million members of this "floating population" provide labor for the economic boom in urban areas but are largely denied government benefits that city residents receive. In an incisive and original study that goes against the grain of much of the current discussion on citizenship, Dorothy J. Solinger challenges the notion that markets necessarily promote ...
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Overview


Post-Mao market reforms in China have led to a massive migration of rural peasants toward the cities. Officially denied residency in the cities, the over 80 million members of this "floating population" provide labor for the economic boom in urban areas but are largely denied government benefits that city residents receive. In an incisive and original study that goes against the grain of much of the current discussion on citizenship, Dorothy J. Solinger challenges the notion that markets necessarily promote rights and legal equality in any direct or linear fashion.
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Elizabeth Perry
An outstanding work.
—Elizabeth Perry, author of Shanghai on Strike
Saskia Sassen
In this extraordinary book, Solinger documents that the coming of markets cannot easily convert outsiders into citizens…an enormously rich and detailed account.
—Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and Its Discontents
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Dorothy J. Solinger is Professor of Politics and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her most recent books are From Lathes to Looms: China's Industrial Policy in Comparative Perspective, 1979-1984 (1991) and China's Transition from Socialism: Statist Legacies and Market Reforms (1993).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Citizenship, Markets, and the State 1
Appendix What Is the Floating Population? 15
Pt. 1 Structure
2 State Polices I: Turning Peasants into Subjects 27
3 Urban Bureaucracies I: Migrants and Institutional Change 56
4 The Urban Rationing Regime I: Prejudice and Public Goods 100
Pt. 2 Agency
5 State Policies II: The Floating Population Leaves Its Rural Origins 149
6 Urban Bureaucracies II: Peasants Enter Urban Labor Markets 194
7 The Urban Rationing Regime II: Coping Outside It and Alternate Citizenship 241
Conclusion: Floating to Where? Citizenship and the Logic of the Market in a Time of Systemic Transition 277
Notes 291
Bibliography 373
Index 413
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    well-researched and original

    The floating population in China is a relatively new phenomenon, and this book contributes much to the literature, which has previously been most accessible in academic journals. The only thing holding me back from giving it 5 stars is its publication date...one year before the census in China. Updated statistics would be much appreciated, and are now available to Chinese scholars.

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