Changing China: Three decades of social transformation

Yeoh, Emile Kok Kheng (2010) Changing China: Three decades of social transformation. International Journal of China Studies, 1 (2). pp. 239-308. ISSN 2180-3250

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Abstract

China is a country in great transformation. Over the last three decades the highly remarkable economic performance of the once low-income and inward-looking state of China has attracted increasing interest from academics and policymakers. China's astounding transformation is reflected not only in her economy, but also in her social changes in the past few decades, and this inevitably is also going to have implications for the country's domestic sociopolitical development. For instance, the country's breakneck economic transformation and the accompanying income and wealth disparities could be engendering increasingly volatile intergroup relations that would result in intensified resource contest which in turn may see groups coalesce along socioracial and ascriptive lines and thus further polarized by such divides, aggravated by transnational influences brought about by the selfsame globalization that has ironically contributed to her very economic "miracle" in the first place. Adapting Green's change process model (2008) and Reeler's threefold theory of social change (2007) to the China context, this paper investigates how various dimensions of social change have been engendered by the three decades of Chinese economic reform and how these various facets of social change are impacting on the coming direction and trajectory of the country's socioeconomic and political transformation, how the interplay of State policy and societal response within the context of the exigencies engendered by the country's continued odyssey of development, modernization and reform is shaping the future of the civil society, and how from both the theoretical and empirical perspectives the complex polity-economy-society nexus involved in the transformation of modern China are having wider ramifications for the country's future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anomie; China; Critical junctures; Dictablanda; Social change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: MR Faizal II H
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2015 08:52
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 04:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/15345

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