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China's New Consumers

Social Development and Domestic Demand, 1st Edition

By Elisabeth Croll


368 pages

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Exploring China's consumer revolution over the past three decades, this book shows a continuing cycle leading to excess supply and disappointing demand, at the centre of which lies exaggerated expectations of China's new consumers.

Combining economic trends with the author’s anthropological background, China’s New Consumers details the livelihoods and lifestyles of China's new and evolving social categories who, divided by wealth, location and generation, have both benefited from and been disadvantaged by the past two decades of reform and rapid economic growth. Given that consumption is about so much more than shopping and spending, this book focuses on the perceptions, priorities and concerns of China's new consumers which are an essential part of any contemporary narrative about China's domestic market. Documenting the social consequences of several decades of rapid economic growth and the new interest in 'all-round' social development, China's New Consumers will be of value to students, entrepreneurs and a wide variety of readers who are interested in social trends and concerns in China today.

Table of Contents

Preface: 'The China Story' 1. Introduction: Highlighting Demand in Development Part 1: Narrating Demand: A Consumer Revolution 2. Increasing Demand: Spending and Shopping 3. Weakening Demand: Saving and Segmenting Part 2: Segmenting Demand: The Wealth Pyramid 4. Elite Lifestyles: The Good Life and Yupward Mobility 5. An Urban Conundrum: Impoverished Workers 6. A Rural Impasse: Fragile Livelihoods Part 3: Profiling Demand: The Demographic Pyramid 7. Children First: The Indulgence Factor 8. Chasing Youthful Dreams: Aspirations and Alienation 9. The Greying Generations: Shifting Needs Part 4: Present Trends: Future Demand 10. Consumer Confidence: Stability and Security? 11. Developing Demand: From Trickle to Transition

About the Author

Elisabeth Croll is Professor of Chinese Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. For the past thirty years, she has undertaken field studies and written widely on social development issues in contemporary China.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General