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The Rise of the Consumer in Modern China


Hardback - 352 pages

ISBN: 9781844641000

£65.00 $98.00 €78.00

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A unique and far-reaching study of China’s contemporary social changes from the perspectives of consumption and consumerism. China has undergone profound social changes, with far-reaching consequences on all walks of life since reform began thirty years ago. To fully understand China’s transformation, the landscape must be surveyed from the perspective of consumption, where you can find many intrinsic links between seemingly unrelated aspects of social reform. The Rise of the Consumer in Modern China is the result of a seven-year research campaign conducted by leading Chinese academic Wang Ning. Detailed and comprehensive, it cites numerous policy documents and source material generated from interviews, alongside data, expert commentary and conclusions. The transformation from asceticism to consumerism is a vital factor when considering China’s economic and social reforms. Authoritative and richly detailed, this important new book offers a revealing and unique insight into a key aspect of China’s opening up. During the most recent thirty years not only have there been revolutionary changes in consumer behavior, furthermore the role of consumption in driving the evolution of society has become un-ignorable. It is vital to study and analyze the changes in Chinese consumption before and after China’s opening-up from a sociological perspective. This key book explores the Chinese urban consumption system and the evolution of the ideological concept of consumption by examining a huge number of governmental documents and records.

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