There is growing interest in social transformation in contemporary China, with much work published on the subject. This book is different from other books in that it presents an overview of the work of Chinese sociologists on how Chinese society is changing. It reports on a great deal of original research by leading, outstanding Chinese scholars, including extensive fieldwork and large-scale social change survey data, and covers comprehensively the full range of aspects of the subject. It assesses developments since the beginning of reform in China, and provides, overall, a comprehensive understanding of China’s social development and of the likely impact of future social changes on China.
Introduction Li Peilin 1. Chinese Society and China Experiences Li Peilin 2. Marriage and Faith Yang Shanhua 3. Lineage and Family Zhang Xiaojun 4. Ethnicities and Ethnic Relations Hao Shiyuan 5. Social Mentality and Contemporary Changes Zhou Xiaohong 6. Demographic Transition and Economic and Social Development Cai Fang 7. The Political System and Reform in China Yang Dali 8. Urbanization and Urban-Rural Relations Cai Ho 9. Social Stratification and Institutional Change Li Qiang 10. Migrant Workers and Social Mobility Li Chunling 11. Anti-Poverty and Social Policies Guan Xinping