and social inequality in contemporary urban ChinaDanwei

Yu Xie, Qing Lai, Xiaogang Wu

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Abstract

Prior research showed that danwei, the work unit, was very important in determining workers' social, economic, and political lives in pre-reform urban China. In this chapter, we argue that danwei continues to be an agent of social stratification in contemporary urban China. Using data from a 1999 survey that we conducted in three large Chinese cities, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Xi'an, we assess the extent to which workers' socioeconomic well-being depends on the financial conditions of their danwei. Results show that the financial situation of danwei remains one of the most important determinants of earnings and benefits. However, the explanatory power of danwei's financial situation is much greater for earnings than for benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-306
Number of pages24
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Work
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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