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Social Structure and Social Stratification in Contemporary China

By Xueyi Lu Copyright 2020
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

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    What is the social structure of Chinese society in the 21st century? How should China address the problem of migrant workers? How can China form a modern society? These key sociological issues are some of the topics this book covers.
    This book is a collection of the research articles and lectures that Dr. Lu Xueyi, the former Head of the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, has published since the 1980s. The author discusses the social structure, social stratification, social construction, and development of contemporary Chinese society. Arguing that the gap between economic and social development has become the major social issue facing modern China, the author advocates paying close attention to the country’s social structure and the growth of the middle class.
    The book will be of interest for all scholars and students of Sociology and Chinese Studies.

    1. China’s Social Structure in the 21st Century – Social Structure Transformation in China 2. Adjusting the Urban-Rural Structure, Expanding Domestic Demand, and Promoting the Healthy Development of the Economy 3. Several Issues Concerning Social Structure Change in China in the Past 30 Years 4. Breaking the Bifurcated Urban-Rural Structure and Realizing Economic and Social Integration of Urban and Rural Areas 5. Theories and Methods for the Study of Contemporary Chinese Social Structure 6. Social Structural Analysis of Urban-Rural Integration and the Path to its Realization 7. Breaking the System of Bifurcated Urban-Rural Structure is the Fundamental Way to Solve the "Three Rural" Problems 8. Sociology should Pay Attention to the Study of the Problem of Farmers Today 9. Rethinking the Development of the Individual and Private Economy in China at the Present Stage 10. Emergence and Development of the Private Economy and the Stratum of Private Business Owners in China –Evolution in Practice and Theory 11. The Issue of Migrant Workers must be Fundamentally Addressed 12. Evolution of the Structure of Social Strata in Contemporary China 13. Social Mobility in Contemporary China 14. Differentiation and Mobility of Social Strata in Contemporary China 15. Sixty Years of Changes in the Structure of Social Classes and Strata in China


    Lu Xueyi graduated from the Department of Philosophy of Peking University in 1962 and from the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He was also the research fellow of the Institute of Sociology of the CASS and an Elected Honorary Member of the CASS in 2006.