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Institutional Changes and Perceived Tension between Classes in Contemporary Urban China: Evidence from Survey Data

Zhang, Xi (2007) Institutional Changes and Perceived Tension between Classes in Contemporary Urban China: Evidence from Survey Data. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis studies the perceived tension between classes in contemporary urban China using the 1992 urban survey data. By investigating people¡¯s class identification and perceived class tension, I find that middle class identification exists widely in urban Chinese society and the perceived class tension is not strong enough to threaten the existing political regime and social stability, or to push further reforms and the progress of democratization. My findings provide some explanations to the two puzzles that have confused researchers of China studies: persistence of non-democratic political institutions despite robust economic development, and persistence of regime stability despite increasing social inequality.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zhang, Xixiz30@pitt.eduXIZ30
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTang, Wenfangtang@pitt.eduTANG
Committee MemberRawski, Thomastgrawski@pitt.eduTGRAWSKI
Committee MemberLiu, Xinminxinmin@pitt.eduXINMIN
Date: 23 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 10 October 2006
Approval Date: 23 January 2007
Submission Date: 8 December 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: class identification; perceived class tension; China; social stratification
Other ID:, etd-12082006-022021
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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