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Images of China's Social Structure: The Changing Perspectives of Canton Students

Anita Chan
World Politics
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Apr., 1982), pp. 295-323
DOI: 10.2307/2010321
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2010321
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

Based on documentation and in-depth interviews with 14 emigrants from China, this study traces changing perceptions of China's social structure by different urban social groups. Each group adopted a perspective that best served its own interests. In the fifties and sixties these images did not necessarily coincide with--but nonetheless were within--the bounds of the image propagated by the Chinese authorities. During and since the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, a new perception of society has been formulated particularly by people from the former middle classes: the issue centers on whether a new bureaucratic class has emerged in China. The article closes with a discussion of the authorities' recent attempts to redefine popular images of the social structure in response to a changed social reality and China's eagerness to modernize.

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