Towards solidarity and recognition? Changing social citizenship in China after a decade of social policy development

Zhuoyi WEN

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Abstract

According to the rhetoric of the post-war welfare state, citizens should have equal access to social benefits and protection based on human needs, rather than place of residence (Wincott, 2006). But under China's socialist system and neoliberal reform, Chinese social citizenship has been eroded for various political and economic goals. Are there positive changes in Chinese social citizenship after a decade of social policy development? By interviewing 24 migrant college graduates working in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the current study confirms institutional progress in social policy for people's social protection. But these post-neoliberal social programmes are far from enough to help migrant graduates perform full social citizenship in urban regions. By studying social inclusion of educated but disadvantaged youth under neoliberal and post-neoliberal reforms, the study contributes to a growing body of literature analysing social citizenship and social policy in China. Copyright © 2015 Brill Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-124
JournalAsian Journal of Social Science
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Citation

Wen, Z. (2015). Towards solidarity and recognition? Changing social citizenship in China after a decade of social policy development. Asian Journal of Social Science, 43(1-2), 103-124. doi: 10.1163/15685314-04301006

Keywords

  • Neoliberalism
  • Post-neoliberalism
  • Social citizenship
  • Social policy
  • China