With a population of now over 1.3 billion people, any change in China’s social environment is bound to have dramatic impact. The China Society Yearbook (2006) provides analysis of and commentary on social issues in contemporary China, broken down into chapters on different aspects of China’s social development, including change in social structure, population growth, employment, standard of living and education. The Yearbook provides detailed insight into the vast changes in Chinese society since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China and the Mao period, the effects of the country’s ongoing reform and liberalization process on its social makeup, the main aims of the 11th Five-Year Plan, and the daunting problems that China’s economic and social planners face as their country’s economy adapts to a free market system, while raising the standard of living and generating employment for its burgeoning work force.
Also included are in-depth comparisons of the country’s different social groups, including its 120 million migrant workers, as well as descriptions of social development in different areas of China’s vast hinterland, where economic development varies greatly from that of the economically and socially upwardly-mobile coastal crescent. Compiled and edited by top sociologists of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), this collection of current research and analysis represents some of the most pioneering and influential articles by social science scholars in the People’s Republic of China.
Ru Xin is former vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a former research fellow at the Philosophy Research Institute of CASS.
Lu Xueyi is former director of the Institute of Sociology at CASS and former president of the Chinese Sociological Association of the Academic Committee of CASS. He is currently Professor and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sociology.
Li Peilin is Director of the Institute of Sociology and Director of the Department of Sociology at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Table of contents
China on the Brink of a New Era: An Analysis of the Social Situation in China, 2005-2006
Li Peilin A Survey of Rural and Urban Residents’ Living Conditions in Eleven Provinces, Municipalities and Autonomous Regions in Western China
Wang Fenyu and Zhao Yandong An Analytical Report on China’s Current Social Psychology
Wang Junxiu New Features of Residential Life and Consumption Structure
Zhu Qingfang New Features of China’s Population since Reaching 1.3 Billion
Zhang Yi Employment: Concerns over Rural Workers’ Employment Issues
Mo Rong, Liu Jun and Chen Lan Adjusting the Minimum Subsistence Guarantee System for Urban and Rural Residents
Tang Jun and Zhang Shifei Adjusting the Social Structure and Developing a Harmonious Socialist Society
Lu Xueyi A Review of Reform and Expectations for the Next Five Years
He Xiaoming 2005: Non-Governmental Development and Transformation of Rural Areas in China
Xu Xinxin Chinese Workers: Legal Protection and Exercise of Labour’s Right to Organise
Qiao Jian Report on the Development of Chinese Farmers in 2005
Fan Ping A New Phase in the Development of Private Entrepreneurs
Zhang Houyi Pursuing Harmonious and Equal Education
Yang Dongping Special Report I － China’s Population Change and Policy Analysis
Cai Fang Special Report II － Employment Situation and Policies, 2004-2005
All those interested in developments in Chinese society, social policy, and developments in the field of sociology in China. Also an excellent primary source for examining how professors and researchers in China discuss and analyze social issues confronting their country.