Synopses & Reviews
When people who have not been in China for ten or more years return, they are usually astounded by the wealth, liveliness, and even chaos that characterises contemporary urban life, particularly in the southern coastal cities. This introduction to contemporary Chinese urban life examines how reforms have changed not only the material circumstances of daily life, but also the overall well-being of urban residents. Although the author focuses on life in a single city - Guangzhou (Canton), China's sixth-largest city - the changes described reflect national policies that apply to a greater or lesser degree to all large Chinese cities. The book takes the reader from the grim realities of the immediate post-Cultural Revolution years through the heady years of optimism and growth to the contemporary period of reassessment, as China questions whether the overall economic gains outweigh the increased disparities in wealth and the seeming lack of any moral consensus.
This book aims to introduce the reader to contemporary Chinese urban life and to examine how reforms have changed not only the material circumstances of daily life, but also the overall well-being of urban residents.
“Ikels purpose is to ‘introduce the reader to contemporary urban life, but her studys depth of material and analysis—based on 15 years of research—is far richer than this simple statement suggests. . . . Lively case histories and anecdotal material.”—Choice
Includes bibliographical references (p. -304) and index.
Table of Contents
A note on language; Introduction; 1. The city of Guanzshou; 2. Living standards; 3. Family and houshold; 4. Education; 5. Employment; 6. Leisure activities; Conclusion; Notes; Index.