chapter  8
Youth values and attitudes
WithLijun Chen, Qiang Ren, Dali L. Yang, Di Zhou
Pages 13

This chapter reviews Chinese youth’s political and social values including their attitudes towards authority and gender, perception of social inequality, political attentiveness, as well as political satisfaction. Comparisons are made by age cohort, gender, and community type. Compared to older cohorts, Chinese youth tend to be less deferential to traditional authority, less supportive of patrilineal values, and more confident that one can get ahead by working hard. As they have become more independent, their expectations about government performance also appear to have risen and thus they have become quite critical of government performance in many areas.