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China's Age of Abundance

Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath

Feng Wang

China's Age of Abundance
China's Age of Abundance

China's Age of Abundance

Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath

Feng Wang

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'Wang uses a lens of consumption patterns to superbly tell a unique history of China's economic rise, deconstructing the myth of a 'China development model' in the process. Wang also interrogates what will happen to China's age of abundance as population ageing and structural welfare imbalances inflict their toll, and why the rest of the world should care. Rich in its globally comparative probing, this lively book speaks to a diverse readership.' Rachel Murphy, University of Oxford

'Wang uses a lens of consumption patterns to superbly tell a unique history of China's economic rise, deconstructing the myth of a 'China development model' in the process. Wang also interrogates what will happen to China's age of abundance as population ageing and structural welfare imbalances inflict their toll, and why the rest of the world should care. Rich in its globally comparative probing, this lively book speaks to a diverse readership.' Rachel Murphy, University of Oxford

'Clear and insightful, Wang Feng's Age of Abundance offers a fresh and intriguing perspective on China's epic economic rise - and the challenges ahead.' Michael Shuman, the Atlantic Council

'This book grounds the so-called 'Chinese miracle' in a combination of demographic and political circumstances that were certainly unusual, but very much understandable – at least with the benefit of Wang Feng's very capable guidance. Showing us both how so much of China's cheap labor became good labor and how it was kept artificially cheap even after it became highly productive, he helps us see how the country's spectacular growth happened, why its benefits have been shared so unequally, and why rapid growth has now become so difficult to sustain. An excellent, highly readable, overview of one of the most important phenomena of our time.' Kenneth Pommeranz, University of Chicago

'Will China resume economic growth, surpass the United States, and become the leading global economy? Or has the Chinese economy peaked, with serious obstacles that will obstruct China's rise? Any attempt to address this debate needs to consider this impressive new book by Wang Feng, which provides novel perspectives on the origins of China's post-1978 boom and measures of where the country stands today in terms of consumption levels, health indicators, educational attainment levels, and much else; all providing the basis for a sober assessment of China's future.' Martin K. Whyte, Harvard University

Wang Feng is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Cambridge University Press
  • Pub date
    Apr 2024
  • Pages
    272
  • Theme
    Political economy
  • Dimensions
    236 x 158 x 18 mm
  • Weight
    530 gram
  • EAN
    9781009444897
  • Hardback / bound
    Hardback / bound
  • Language
    English

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