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- DescriptionCentered on the urban workplace, the danwei (workunit) has been the fundamental social and spatial unit of urban China under socialism. Not only was it the source of employment, wages, and other material benefits for the vast majority of urban residents, it was also the institution through which the urban population was housed, organized, regulated, policed, educated, trained, protected, and surveyed. Furthermore, as the basic unit of urban society, each danwei became a community, providing its members with identity, a face, and social belonging. With particular focus on the link between spatial forms and social organization, this book traces the origins and development of this critical institution up to the present day. Recent ecomic restructuring has seen the danwei lose its dominant role, yet its presence still influences the possibilities for urban transformation. Moreover, the author argues, the new institutions emerging in its place display important characteristics of the old danwei system.
- Author BiographyDavid Bray is Lecturer in Chinese Politics at the East Asian Institute, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University.
- Author(s)David Bray
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication04/03/2005
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note1 table, 12 figures
- Weight490 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine23 mm
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