Chen Junfeng

is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences of Anhui University, master’s tutor. Dr. Chen received his doctoral degree in Sociology from Nanjing University, and has been doing research in urban sociology and residential sociology. He has presided over 11 national, provincial and ministerial research projects, published more than 40 academic papers and 1 academic monograph.

Dai Chunqing

has received her master’s degree from the School of Social and Public Administration, East China University of Science and Technology. Now she works in Jiaxing Media Group, Zhejiang province, China. Her published research includes articles in Open Times, China Research, and many other Chinese-language journals.

Guo Yuhua

is a Professor of Social Anthropology at Tsinghua University, China. Her main research interests include social anthropology, rural social research, and oral history, especially on the relationship between the state and society, protecting rights of peasant workers, and social justice in the process of China’s social transformation. She has published academic works such as Puzzled by Death and Stick to Life: Chinese Folk Funeral Ritual and Idea of Life(1992), Hearkening to the Voice of the Subaltern: How Do We Narrate the Suffering (2011), The Narration of the Peasant: How Can “Suffering” Become History?(2013); and many papers including “Life Circle and Social Security: A Sociological Probe into the Life Course of Workers Out of Work,” “Psychological Collectivization: Cooperative Transformation of Agriculture in Ji Village, Northern Shaanxi, as in the Memory of the Women,” and “Digital Divide and Social Cleavage: Case Studies of ICT Usage among Peasants in Contemporary China,” in The China Quarterly 207, September 2011 (have been awarded the 2011 Gordon White Prize).

Huang Xiaoxing

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Sun Yat-sen University, China. He is the author of Community Process and Dilemma of Governance (2016), and has published four papers on Sociological Studies. Dr. Huang has won the first prize of The Outstanding Achievement Award of Philosophy and Social Sciences of Guangdong in 2013. His research interests are community studies, urban studies, and governance.

William Hurst

is associate professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. His research has focused on the politics of law and legal institutions, social protest and contentious politics, political economy, labor politics, and local governance in both urban and rural China and Indonesia. He is the author of The Chinese Worker after Socialism (Cambridge 2009) and Ruling Before the Law: the Politics of Legal Regimes in China and Indonesia (Cambridge 2018). His current and ongoing research examines the politics of land across Mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Li Kuan

is an Assistant Professor at Shanghai Administration Institute. He is also a Researcher at the China Urban and Rural Development Research Center and works with the School of Social and Public Administration at East China University Science and Technology part-time as an honorary position. His main research areas are the rural sociology and social governance. His published research includes articles in China Research, Open Times, and many other Chinese-language journals.

Li Yuanxing

is a Professor at the School of Sociology and Psychology, Central University of Finance and Economics, China. His main research fields are urban and rural community research and rural organization research. First, around the main line of social structure changes in China, his study method of typology is used to systematically comb the historical changes and realistic patterns of urban and rural society in China, and to construct the framework of typology of contemporary China’s urban and rural society; secondly, from the state and social relations, combs the transformation path of China’s governance foundation after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and puts forward the theory of basic transformation of China’s governance and the construction of the framework of urban and rural governance in contemporary China with the theory of governance.

Liang Ningxin

is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Guangzhou Development, Guangzhou University, China. He received his doctoral degree in Sociology from Sun Yat-sen University. He is particularly interested in Social Inequality and its connections with China’s Transformation, and focusing on social organization and social policy. He has published over 12 peer-reviewed papers, 9 book chapters and 1 book on community development and poverty alleviation in urban China. He is also committed to provide researching and consulting services to the government including Guangdong Provincial Government, Guangzhou Municipal and the other local government.

Liu Yi

is a Professor at the International Economic Institute, Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, and Guest Professor in the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, Macau University of Science and Technology. Dr. Liu’s research areas are population economics, labor economics, and distribution of income He has published many academic papers including: “Index Definition and Empirical Study on Middle Class” (2006), “Changes and Characteristics in Consumption of Middle Class” (2008), “Increasing the Consumption by the Population Growth?” (2009), “Employment Opportunities in Towns under Separation Between Township and Countryside with Multiple Residential Registrations” (2012), “Change and Decomposition of Gini Coefficient of Consumption of Urban Residents” (2013), “Development Vision and Path Choice of Pearl River and Xijiang River Economic Belt” (2017).

Shen Yuan

is a Professor of Sociology at both Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University. His main research fields include Labor, Economic Life, and Communities. He is the author of Market, State and Society (2007), Chief Editor of Social Transformation and the New Generation of Migrant Workers (2012), Co-author of Community Governance: PTM Model (2017), and the writer of many articles.

Xiong Wansheng

is Professor at the School of Social and Public Administration, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai. He is also the Director of the China Urban and Rural Development Research Center. His main research areas are the transformation of rural society, and the relationship between Chinese culture and social theory. He has published two books, The Prospects of Farmers’ Cooperation, and The System: A Structural Explanation of the Order of China’s Grain Market. His published research includes articles in Open Times, Sociological Research, Social Science, and many other Chinese-language journals.

Zhai Xuewei

is a distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at Nanjing University. Dr. Zhai has received the title of Changjiang (the Yangtze River) Scholar issued by the Ministry of Education of China. He got his master’s degree in Sociology from Nankai University in 1988 and received his doctoral degree in History in 2002. His research focuses on the Chinese Behavior Patterns and Chinese society. He has published a collection of Selected Works of Zhai Xuewei, including The Principles of Chinese Guanxi (2011), Face, Favor and Reproduction of Power (second edition 2013), Perspectives on Chinese Face: the Formalism of the Psychological Motives and Social Representation (2011), The Chinese Representation in Everyday Life: A Sociological Study of Face and Favor (2016), etc. He has published more than 50 papers in key academic journals in China and abroad.

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