Living Conditions and Targeted Aiding Mechanisms of the Urban Underclass in China: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Living Conditions and Targeted Aiding Mechanisms of the Urban Underclass in China

1st Edition

By Zhu Li, Mao Feifei


264 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-24
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Based on the approaches of questionnaire and interview, this book studies the urban subalterns formed with a considerable scale in China since the 1990s. By investigating their living status in detail, it depicts the mental conditions, class consciousness, migration, living difficulties and dilemmas of the subaltern class. It’s worth noting that in addition to the group at the bottom of the economic pyramid, this book expands the definition of subaltern by including deviant underclass. Then it examines the factors causing the living dilemmas, and provides suggestions aiming to mitigate them from the perspective of social succour. In the last chapter, this book focuses on the theoretical discussions on subaltern studies. New concepts such as the deviant subaltern group and social vigilance are created, and new theories such as production and transmission mechanism of subaltern group are put forward.

Table of Contents


List of figures *

List of tables *

Preface *

Chapter 1 Introduction *

Chapter 2 Living Conditions of the Urban Subaltern Group *

Chapter 3 Psychological Analysis of the Urban Subaltern Group *

Chapter 4 Living Dilemmas of the Urban Subaltern Group *

Chapter 5 Dissolving Living Dilemmas for the Urban Subaltern Group *

Chapter 6 Theoretical Discussion on the Urban Subaltern Group *

References *

Index *

About the Authors

Zhu Li is a professor of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Nanjing University. His research interests include social conflict, social anomie, charity, and beyond.

Mao Feifei isPhD. in Sociology, a lecturer of department of investigation of Jiangsu Police Institute. Her research interests include deviant groups of crime prevention, victims of fraud, and so on.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes