China

Yanhua Z. Bird

Yanhua Z. Bird

Doctoral Student in Organizational Behavior

Research Interests: Economic Sociology, Organizations; Sociology of Law, Market Regulation; Social Movements; Civil Society; Labor; Environment Read more about Yanhua Z. Bird

Harvard Business School Doctoral Programs, Wyss House, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA 02163
Whyte, Martin. 2012. “China’s Post-Socialist Inequality”. Current History. September, 2012: 229-234.Abstract

The article is the first article in a series on the rise of post-socialist inequality in China. Since the launch of market reforms and the dismantling of centrally planned socialism under Deng Xiaoping's leadership in 1978, China has reportedly undergone changes that have impacted the lives of its citizens, raising living standards, easing poverty and developing infrastructure and other symbols of modern society. It notes that the 1970s goal of an egalitarian social order has been abandoned in the pursuit of economic growth at all costs since 1978, with China becoming an increasingly unequal and unfair society. It talks about the socialist legacy, Deng's reform model and the return of inequality with the creation of special economic zones and the entry of foreign direct investments.

Martin K. Whyte

Martin K. Whyte

John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Emeritus
Asia Scholar, University of Melbourne, 2017-2019

Research Interests: Comparative sociology; comparative family systems and family change; the American family; gender roles in comparative context; inequality and stratification; bureaucracy; sociology of China; development. Read more about Martin K. Whyte

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