Urban Life in Contemporary China

Urban Life in Contemporary China

by Martin King Whyte, William L. Parish


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Through interviews with city residents, Martin King Whyte and William L. Parish provide a unique survey of urban life in the last decade of Mao Zedong's rule. They conclude that changes in society produced under communism were truly revolutionary and that, in the decade under scrutiny, the Chinese avoided ostensibly universal evils of urbanism with considerable success. At the same time, however, they find that this successful effort spawned new and equally serious urban problems—bureaucratic rigidity, low production, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226895475
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 01/01/1984
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Martin King Whyte is professor of sociology and an associate of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. William L. Parish is professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. They are the coauthors of Village and Family in Contemporary China, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Authors' Notes
1. Introduction
One - Urban Political Economy
2. Chinese Urban Structure
3. The Quest for Equality and Security
4. Social Services and Supplies
Two - Family Behavior
5. Mate Choice and Marriage
6. The Organization of Urban Families
7. The Position of Women
Three - Quality of Life
8. Crime and Social Control
9. Political Control
10. Religion and Social Values
11. Personal Relations
12. Conclusions
Appendix 1 - Methodological Notes
Appendix 2 - Neighborhood and Work Unit

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