This book is a collection of empirical studies on China’s middle class from top-ranking Chinese sociologists, discussing this newly identified social stratum with regard to the basic concept and scope of the group, its functions, formation, identity, consumption, behavior patterns and value system. As the first study of its kind, the analysis of most chapters is based on a rich body of empirical data gathered from rigorous large-scale surveys designed specifically for the Chinese middle class across megacities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The book traces the complex and dynamic formation process of China’s middle class from different perspectives while dealing with issues of social concern such as “rigid social stratification”. The findings shed light on the underlying logic of structural change in Chinese society over several recent decades, with significant policy implications.

The book will attract sociologists, students and policymakers interested in social structure, social transformation and middle-income groups in China.

part II|81 pages

Formation and identity of the middle class

part III|83 pages

Middle-class consumption

chapter 8|22 pages

Expanding the middle-income group and promoting consumption to boost the economy

Research report on the Shanghai middle-income group

chapter 10|20 pages

From emphasizing “Education” to emphasizing “Supply”

Research framework and empirical analysis of sustainable consumption in the urban middle class

chapter 11|27 pages

Market competition, collective consumption and environmental quality

Analysis of urban residents’ life satisfaction and influencing factors *

part IV|56 pages

Behavior and value system of the middle class

chapter 13|19 pages

Measurement and comparative study of political attitude of the new social class

Based on survey data from six provinces and cities

chapter 14|21 pages

The fertility desire of the middle class

An investigation in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai

chapter |2 pages