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Handbook of Welfare in China


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Contents: Introduction Beatriz Carrillo, Johanna Hood and Paul I. Kadetz Part I Welfare in the Chinese context: an historical perspective 1. Welfare provision in China from late empire to the People's Republic Thomas David DuBois 2. Leprosy welfare: entrenched stigma and policy formation Shao-hua Liu 3. Chinese psychiatric welfare in historical perspective Emily Baum Part II The welfare system in reform era China 4. The politics of welfare policy: towards social citizenship? Tony Saich 5. Health inequalities, medical insurance and medical financial assistance Zhongwei Zhao, Hongbo Jia and Jiaying Zhao 6. Housing welfare policies in urban China Bingqin Li 7. The urban minimum livelihood guarantee: social assistance (just) to stave off starvation Dorothy J. Solinger 8. Geographical stratification and the provision of education in contemporary China Ye Liu 9. The social welfare of ethnic minorities: rationale, impact and outcomes Reza Hasmath and Andrew W. MacDonald Part III Gaps in the welfare system 10. Rural-to-urban migrants: access to welfare services and integration into urban life Juan Chen 11. Urban welfare and social justice: individual perspectives of highly educated rural-to-urban migrants in the city of Guangzhou Kimiko Suda 12. Disability and welfare services Karen R. Fisher, Xiaoyuan Shang and Megan Blaxland 13. Gender, welfare and the economy of care in reform era China: How the welfare system shapes women's opportunities and gender equality Sarah Cook and Xiao-Yuan Dong 14. Ageing in rural China: State, family and gendered care responsibilities Jieyu Liu Part IV Engaging non-State welfare providers domestically and abroad 15. Chinese NGOs as welfare providers: challenges and constraints Jennifer Y.J. Hsu and Reza Hasmath 16. Entrepreneurs, celebrities and charitable foundations: elite philanthropy in China Elaine Jeffreys 17. Outsourcing China's welfare: Unpacking the outcomes of 'sustainable' self-development in Sino-African health diplomacy Paul Kadetz and Johanna Hood Part V Future challenges of welfare provision 18. Climate, environment and State-society relations in the mobilisation for welfare in China Ole Bruun 19. The impacts of the universal two-child policy and strategies to face the challenges of population ageing Yi Zeng and Therese Hesketh 20. Stemming the tide of demographic transformation through social inclusion: Can universal pension rights help finance an ageing population? Mark W. Frazier and Yimin Li Index

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Edited by Beatriz Carrillo, University of Sydney, Australia and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, Johanna Hood, Roskilde University, Denmark and Paul Kadetz, Drew University, US and University College London, UK


'The Handbook of Welfare in China is a good example of a handbook. The text finds the balance between the contributors' detailed knowledge and the editors' efforts to produce coherent contribution. It is a publication entering what will be an increasingly competitive market with a number of edited volumes covering welfare in China from a research perspective already out, and a number of handbooks planned for the future which either touch on or are exclusively focused on welfare. Despite this competition I would suggest that the Handbook of Welfare in China will successfully find a space on many reading lists and a place in any good library.' -- The China Quarterly
'How to make sense of the massive changes that have taken place in China's welfare system in recent decades? Is China becoming a welfare state and if so, is it residual, conservative, Confucian-or something else entirely different? What are China's most salient gaps in welfare provision, and what are the key emerging issues and actors of its rapidly changing social welfare system? The Handbook of Welfare in China, edited by Beatriz Carrillo, Johanna Hood and Paul Kadetz is an impressive and timely resource to start answering these questions. It offers a comprehensive and detailed overview of several aspects of social welfare in China, covers recent policy efforts, and underlines the causes and consequences of gaps in welfare provision in different areas of welfare. The book also incorporates useful historical background to China's social welfare system and outlines emerging trends and future policy challenges of welfare provision. The Handbook of Welfare in China thus stands as an excellent reference on the topic of welfare in China.' -- Journal of Chinese Political Science
'As a Handbook, this volume has performed its mission. The readers will find it extremely insightful and useful in understanding welfare contemporary China and its historical roots.' -- Cambridge Core
'This is a needed book, bracing in its diversity and scope. As a collection of authoritative studies of welfare in China, it is a Handbook in the best sense of the word: China researchers, and others concerned with global health and social inequality, will want to keep it ready to hand, to consult as a reservoir of up-to-date facts, carefully analysed. All of these scholars challenge the liberal term "welfare" through the experience of Chinese socialism, even as they make the category useful for comparative and critical research.' -- Judith Farquhar, University of Chicago, US
'Handbook of Welfare in China is an impressive book, written by scholars from a range of disciplines. Covering everything from public welfare provision under the Qing and leprosy control in the collective era, to contemporary urban housing welfare policies and Sino-African health diplomacy, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of the historical development of modern China's welfare regime. It will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in welfare in China for many years to come.' -- Tamara Jacka, The Australian National University
'In this book, Carrillo, Hood and Kadetz have assembled a distinguished cast of academics to examine social welfare in China. The result is a sweeping review that covers Chinese welfare through various historical eras, across differing models of welfare provision and from a range of perspectives. Evolving aspects of welfare provision by the central state, by local states, by employers, by NGOs, by individual philanthropists and by families are all considered. The authors also make useful comparisons across historical divides and between China and other countries, including both developed economies in Europe and other developing countries. While the authors diverge in terms of their degree of optimism or pessimism towards Chinese welfare regimes, they all manage to illuminate aspects of its provision. The book will become a starting point for all interested in this topic.' -- Andrew Kipnis, The Australian National University

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