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From Village to CitySocial Transformation in a Chinese County Seat$
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Andrew B. Kipnis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289703

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289703.001.0001

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The Middle Classes in a Manufacturing Center

The Middle Classes in a Manufacturing Center

(p.190) Nine The Middle Classes in a Manufacturing Center
From Village to City

Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press

This chapter examines the lives of middle-class professionals in Zouping. It defines middle class primarily in terms of education and white-collar work but also in terms of the districts of the city where people choose to live. It examines how middle-class people distinguish themselves from other Zouping residents, as well as the measures they take to reproduce their middle-class status in their children. It further explores the ways in which these people relate status to place, analyzing this relation in terms of China’s “power geography.”

Keywords:   class, distinction, social reproduction, middle-class parenting, power geography

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