Uneven development and the time/space economy
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- Unequal China: Political Economy and the Cultural Politics of Inequality, 2013, 1, pp. 77 - 90
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After three decades of rapid industrialization, the problems of inequality in the PRC reflect the geographical trajectory of the planned reform economy. From south to north and coast to interior, the uneven geography of reform has contributed to generating uneven development between regions and inequality between urban and rural areas (cf. Fan 1995; Findlay et al. 1995; Wang and Hu 1999; Goodman 2008b; Frazier 2010). While the major gaps are between the coast and interior and cities and the countryside, profound disparities also exist between registered urban residents and internal migrants, and between women and men (United Nations Development Program 2008). Economic inequality in China has challenged the social legitimacy of the I'RC's platform of rapid economic growth as the basis of societal development.
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