China’s New Upper Middle Classes: The Importance of Occupational Disaggregation

Publication Date: 
December 2010
in China’s Emerging Middle Class; Beyond Economic Transformation, edited by Cheng Li (Washington DC; Brookings Institute):157-178.
Jianying Wang

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The rapid emergence and explosive growth of China’s middle class have enormous consequences for that nation’s domestic future, for the global economy, and for the whole world. In China’s Emerging Middle Class, noted scholar Cheng Li and a team of experts focus on the sociopolitical ramifications of the birth and growth of the Chinese middle class over the past two decades.
The contributors, from diverse disciplines and different regions, examine the development and evolution of China’s middle class from a variety of analytical perspectives. What is its educational and occupational makeup? Are its members united by a common identity –by a shared political vision and worldview? How does the Chinese middle class compare with its counterparts in other countries? The contributors shed light on these and many other issues pertaining to the rapid rise of the middle class in the Middle Kingdom.
Contributors: Jie Chen (Old Dominion University), Deborah Davis (Yale University),Bruce J. Dickson (George Washington University), Geoffrey Gertz (Brookings), Han Sang-Jin (Seoul National University), Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (National Taiwan University), Homi Kharas (Brookings), Li Chunling (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences),Jing Lin (University of Maryland–College Park), Sida Liu (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Lu Hanlong (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences), Joyce Yanyun Man(Peking University–Lincoln Center), Ethan Michelson (Indiana University–Bloomington),Qin Chen (Hohai University), Xiaoyan Sun (Beijing Foreign Studies University), Luigi Tomba (Australian National University), Jianying Wang (Yale University), and Zhou Xiaohong (Nanjing University).