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Another Invisible Hand
The Transformation of Social Structure

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ISBN 9781032257426
May 6, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There have been two “hands” exerting influence on China’s resource allocation and economic development: one is tangible (government intervention), and the other intangible (market regulation). This book focuses on a third factor, “another invisible hand,” which is social structure transformation.

This two part study explores the process of China's social structure transformation while conducting a theoretical examination of its characteristics. The first part presents a theoretical analysis of the nature of social structure transformation and its economic consequences, both in general and within the Chinese context. The second part examines the transformation of urban and rural societies in contemporary China from different perspectives; including state-owned enterprises, laid-off urban workers, rural migrants, and rural industrialization.

The book is written for scholars, researchers and students across the social sciences and area studies, including Sociology, Urban studies, Rural studies, Contemporary China studies and all those who are interested in economic development in China.

Table of Contents

Part One Transformation of Social Structure and its Consequences  1. The Invisible Hand: Social Structure Transformation  2. The "The Other Invisible Hand" Revisited  3. The "Characteristics" of China’s Economic Reforms  4. Oriental modernization and Chinese experience  5. China’s Path to Overcome the Double Middle-income Trap Part Two Transformation of Urban and Rural Societies in Contemporary China  6. Analysis of the Social Costs of the State-owned Enterprises: A survey of 508 enterprises in 10 major cities in China  7. Beyond the Shadows of Adversity: A Study of Human Capital Failure in the Reemployment of Laid-off Workers  8. Managing unemployment in China’s northeast: "Post-industrialization" and market-oriented transformation--A study of nine large state-owned enterprises in northeast China  9. China’s Rural Industrialization Over the Past 100 Years   10. Social Network of Rural Migrants in China

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LI Peilin is the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Vice President of the Chinese Sociological Association, and Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Studies. Li received his Master’s degree from Université de Lyon in 1984 and Ph.D. from Paris-Sorbonne in 1987. He has published extensively in sociology, including Social Stratification in China, Social Conflict and Class Consciousness, and Social Transformation and Chinese Experiences.