The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy

The Making of the Chinese Middle Class

Small Comfort and Great Expectations

Authors: Rocca, Jean-Louis

  • Examines how the “problem” of the Chinese middle class has been constructed since the 1990s
  • Identifies converging phenomena of education, civilization, classification, media, and politics that contribute to the forming of the Chinese middle class
  • Considers the future potential of the Chinese middle class to enact social and political reforms
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This book analyses the making of the Chinese middle class that started in the 1990s using a constructivist approach. With the development of the Chinese economy, a new group of middle wage earners appeared. Chinese social scientists and state institutions promoted the idea that China needs a middle class to achieve modernization. Middle class members are defined—and define themselves—as good consumers, educated people, politically engaged but reasonable citizens. As such, the making of the middle class is the result of three convergent phenomena: an attempt to define the middle class, a process of civilization, and the development of protest movements. The making of the Chinese middle class, Rocca argues, is a way to end the stalemate that modern Chinese society is facing, in particular the necessity to democratize without introducing an election system.

About the authors

Jean-Louis Rocca is Professor at Sciences Po, France, and Researcher at the Center for International Studies, Sciences Po, France. A specialist of Chinese society, he is the author of A Sociology of Modern China (2015) and co-author (with Françoise Mengin) of Politics in China: Moving Frontiers (2002). Rocca is member of the editorial board of The China Quarterly.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Making of the Chinese Middle Class
Book Subtitle
Small Comfort and Great Expectations
Authors
Series Title
The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39339-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39339-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39338-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 281
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 illustrations in colour
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