This timely book explores key turning points in China s trajectory, from the creation of a socialist egalitarian society promising a relatively stable livelihood at the expense of economic development, through the market–oriented reforms which have dismantled the traditional social protection system. The authors present the formidable social challenges ahead, including demographic shift, residential migration, and corrosive inequalities, and outline the emerging forms of social security protection in urban and rural areas, community–based social care services, non–governmental organizations and the social work profession. To redress inequalities and strengthen social cohesion, China needs to construct a robust developmental and redistributive strategy with shared responsibility between different levels of governments, as well as between civil society, the state and the market.
This comprehensive and astute guide to one of China s key current challenges will be welcomed by students and scholars of social policy, welfare, sociology and political science, and all interested in contemporary China.
List of Abbreviations
2. From Socialism to Modernization
3. Social Challenges Under Market Reform
4. Urban Social Protection
5. Rural Social Protection
6. Social Care for Older People
7. Innovating Social Governance: The Emergence of Social Work Organizations
8. The Third Turning Point