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Snakes and ladders: differential patterns of post-reform social mobility in Siping, north-east China

Snakes and ladders: differential patterns of post-reform social mobility in Siping, north-east China This analysis of the relative winners and losers from economic and social change in post-reform China focuses on the small, fourth-tier city of Siping, north-east China. Following Louis Chauvel’s work in France, the impact of economic transformation on different age cohorts is examined, and a ‘lucky generation’ is identified, made up notably of those born between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s, who were educated and whose working lives coincided with the expansion of economic and social opportunities in the reform era. Its fortunes are contrasted with other age cohorts and with the groups formerly employed in north-eastern rust-belt states and collectively owned enterprises, rural dwellers and rural–urban migrants. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Area Development and Policy Taylor & Francis

Snakes and ladders: differential patterns of post-reform social mobility in Siping, north-east China

Area Development and Policy , Volume 3 (3): 21 – Sep 2, 2018

Snakes and ladders: differential patterns of post-reform social mobility in Siping, north-east China

Abstract

This analysis of the relative winners and losers from economic and social change in post-reform China focuses on the small, fourth-tier city of Siping, north-east China. Following Louis Chauvel’s work in France, the impact of economic transformation on different age cohorts is examined, and a ‘lucky generation’ is identified, made up notably of those born between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s, who were educated and whose working lives coincided with the expansion of...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2017 Regional Studies Association
ISSN
2379-2957
eISSN
2379-2949
DOI
10.1080/23792949.2017.1405733
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Abstract

This analysis of the relative winners and losers from economic and social change in post-reform China focuses on the small, fourth-tier city of Siping, north-east China. Following Louis Chauvel’s work in France, the impact of economic transformation on different age cohorts is examined, and a ‘lucky generation’ is identified, made up notably of those born between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s, who were educated and whose working lives coincided with the expansion of economic and social opportunities in the reform era. Its fortunes are contrasted with other age cohorts and with the groups formerly employed in north-eastern rust-belt states and collectively owned enterprises, rural dwellers and rural–urban migrants.

Journal

Area Development and PolicyTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 2, 2018

Keywords: China; social mobility; cohorts; state-owned enterprises (SOEs); laid-off workers; JEL; 中国; 社会流动; 群组; 国有企业; 下岗工人; China; movilidad social; cohortes; empresas estatales; trabajadores despedidos; Китай; социальная мобильность; когорты; госпредприятия; уволенные работники

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