This book is a collection of stories telling how seven Chinese individuals navigated their personal transitions during the Chinese state's shift from a state-managed and state-owned, planned socialist economy to one primarily driven by market forces. No other book available illustrates China's market transition through a focus on specific, real individuals as this one does.
Dr. Solinger is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Refusing Success, Refusing "Voice": The Other Story of Accumulation - Hairon Yan; 2. Tales of a Migrant Renovator in Beijing - Lei Guang; 3. The Story of Secretary Wang - Hero, Savior, Liar, Scoundrel - Tim Oakes; 4. The True Story of Akheu - Janet C. Sturgeon; 5. Through the Social Jungle: Mrs. Zhang and Work - Jean-Louis Rocca; 6. The Life of a Former State Worker - Antoine Kernen; 7. The Sad Story of Zheng Erji Who Landed in the City Through the Favors Reform-Era Policies Bestowed But Rewrote the Rules While Suffering Wrongs, Once There - Dorothy Solinger.