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How Angry Are Chinese Citizens About Current Inequalities? Evidence From A National Survey

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This chapter examines to what extent Chinese citizens perceive current inequalities as unfair. Among ordinary Chinese citizens, how common are attitudes of gratitude and optimism about new opportunities spawned by the reforms versus anger and a sense of injustice at the rising inequalities they see around them? The chapter presents systematic data drawn from a national survey conducted in China in 2004 in an effort to answer this and other related questions. It first describes the data it uses in and then the measures of key dimensions of perceptions of inequality and distributive injustice. The chapter then evaluates how angry Chinese citizens are generally, and compares their perceptions with the responses of citizens in other societies. It explains the social background variations within China of perceptions of current inequalities. Finally, the chapter discusses some implications of the findings.

Keywords: 2004 China National Survey; Chinese citizens; national inequalities



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