The welfare is ours: Rural-to-urban migration and domestic welfare chauvinism in urban China

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Abstract

This study seeks to investigate whether welfare chauvinism exists in a large country with tremendous regional disparities and massive internal migration. Set in the context of coastal Guangdong Province, it examines Chinese people’s attitudes toward welfare entitlements for rural-to-urban immigrants. The study finds that chauvinistic attitude does not fracture along the lines of intergroup competition in the labor market; instead, it stems primarily from perceived competition over scarce welfare resources. Normative values and generalized trust powerfully mitigate welfare chauvinism. The larger relative number of migrants in the local community substantially increases the appeal of chauvinism, thus suggesting the occurrence of negative intergroup interactions. The empirical evidence is discussed against the broader context of rural-to-urban immigration in China and the developmental logic of its social policies. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Early online date27 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jun 2021

Citation

He, A. J. (2021). The welfare is ours: Rural-to-urban migration and domestic welfare chauvinism in urban China. Journal of Contemporary China. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10670564.2021.1945735

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