Social Quality of China

Indicators, Reality, and Problems

in The International Journal of Social Quality
Author: Li Wei 1 and Cui Yan 2
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  • 1 Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • 2 Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
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China has entered a new phase of development. Living standards have significantly improved as the economy grows. Socioeconomic security, social cohesion, social inclusion, and social empowerment have all strengthened, but the social quality level is not quite satisfactory. First, many think the low “social security” cannot provide sufficient protection. Second, low social trust and lack of social belief and value system greatly affect social cohesion. Third, to cope with social discrimination and realize better tolerance, social inclusion must be addressed. People have the strongest sense of unfairness for wealth and income gaps as well as right and entitlement differences between urban and rural areas. In addition, low political efficacy and low levels of social and political participation indicate weak social empowerment in China.

The International Journal of Social Quality

(formerly The European Journal of Social Quality)


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