China’s Middle Class
The New Social Stratum
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This book is a collection of empirical studies on China’s middle class from top-ranking Chinese sociologists, discussing this newly identified social stratum with regard to the basic concept and scope of the group, its functions, formation, identity, consumption, behavior patterns and value system.
As the first study of its kind, the analysis of most chapters is based on a rich body of empirical data gathered from rigorous large-scale surveys designed specifically for the Chinese middle class across megacities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The book traces the complex and dynamic formation process of China’s middle class from different perspectives while dealing with issues of social concern such as "rigid social stratification". The findings shed light on the underlying logic of structural change in Chinese society over several recent decades, with significant policy implications.
The book will attract sociologists, students and policymakers interested in social structure, social transformation and middle-income groups in China.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Concept, Function and Scope of the Middle Class
1. The Emergence of the Concept of the Middle-income Group and its Impact on the Development of Chinese Society
2. “White Collar” Workers in the Social Structure and their Function in Society: Taking Post-1980’s Shanghai as an Example
3. Occupational Characteristics of the Middle-income Group in China’s Megacities
Liang Yucheng and Jia Xiaoshuang
Part 2: Formation and Identity of the Middle Class
Chapter 4 Trends and Structural Analysis of the Middle-income Group (2006-2015)
5. Housing and the Class Identity of Urban Residents: Based on empirical research conducted in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou
Zhang Haidong and Yang Chengchen
6. The Social Composition of Private Business Owners in China: Class and Cohort Differences
Fan Xiaoguang and Lv Peng
7. A Study on the Income Gap between Urban Household Registrants and Rural Migrant Workers from the Perspective of Occupational Stratification
Part 3: Middle Class Consumption
8. Expanding the Middle-income Group and Promoting Consumption to Boost the Economy: Research Report on the Shanghai Middle-income Group
Social Research and Data Center Research Group, Shanghai Academy, Li Peilin and Zhu Di
9. Consumption Trends of the Middle-income Group (2006-2015)
10. From Emphasizing “Education” to Emphasizing “Supply” : Research Framework and Empirical Analysis of Sustainable Consumption in the Urban Middle Class
11. Market Competition, Collective Consumption and Environmental Quality: Analysis of Urban Residents’ Life Satisfaction and Influencing Factors
Part 4: Behavior and Value System of the Middle Class
12. A Study on the Sense of National Identity among the Middle Class in China’s Megacities: An Analysis of Tourist Behavior
Liang Yucheng and Yang Xiaodong
13. Measurement and Comparative Study of Political Attitude of the New Social Class: Based on Survey Data from Six Provinces and Cities
Zhang Haidong and Deng Meiling
14. The Fertility Desire of the Middle Class: An Investigation in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai
Li Youmei is a professor and doctoral supervisor at Shanghai University, and the president of the Chinese Sociological Association. Her main research interests are organizational sociology and social governance transformation.