Myth of the Social Volcano: Perceptions of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China by Martin Whyte | 9780804769426 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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

Many have speculated that popular anger about rising inequality is propelling China toward a "social volcano" of protest activity and political instability. In 2004, sociologist Martin King Whyte undertook the first systematic, nationwide survey of ordinary Chinese citizens to ask them how they feel about inequalities that have resulted from China's market opening.

Overview

Many have speculated that popular anger about rising inequality is propelling China toward a "social volcano" of protest activity and political instability. In 2004, sociologist Martin King Whyte undertook the first systematic, nationwide survey of ordinary Chinese citizens to ask them how they feel about inequalities that have resulted from China's market opening. His findings reveal that most accept the main features of market-generated inequalities and are optimistic about their chances to better their livelihoods through talent and hard work.

Whyte explains this unexpected result by reconsidering of the nature of the transition from socialism to capitalism in China. The disadvantaged did not prosper much under Mao after the 1950s, while punishment of intellectuals, administrators, and others convinced many Chinese that the social order then was highly inequitable. The repudiation of these policies in the market reform era, along with increased geographic and social mobility, has led many citizens to believe that the current social order is more equitable, although objectively income gaps have widened. However, changes in recent years, and particularly the impact of the global financial crisis, raise questions about whether, and when, the social volcano might start to rumble.

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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