Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series
Edited by Yingjie Guo
Introduction: class and stratification in the People’s Republic of China
The subject of the handbook is the shifting class map and status order of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as the changing patterns and dynamics of social stratification, which are telling indicators of its socio-political reality. The subject will be analysed from multiple perspectives in the broad context of China’s economic, political, social and cultural change, so that the analysis of fundamental changes in China’s class reality and stratification will not only produce a panorama of class formation, class sorting and class experiences as well as status attainment and maintenance in the PRC, but also aid understanding of the evolution of its polity, economy and society in general. Whilst the handbook will encompass the whole PRC period, its focus will be placed upon the transition from the pre-reform era (1949–1978) to the post-reform era and recent developments since 1978.