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The Dibao Recipients

Mollified Anti-Emblem of Urban Modernization
Dorothy J. Solinger
p. 36-46


After the Chinese leadership became cognizant of the negative social externalities of marketization--especially potential threats to its hallowed objectives of social stability and successful state enterprise reform--it initiated a novel welfare approach, the dibao, to handle the people most severely affected by economic restructuring. I review the state’s management of these people and the latter’s experiences. I argue that they are seen subliminally (if not explicitly) by the elite as a menace to officialdom’s modernization ambition. Hence, the dibao is structured so as to keep its targets quiet and out of view, now and into the future.

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Bibliographical reference

Dorothy J. Solinger, « The Dibao Recipients », China Perspectives, 2008/4 | 2008, 36-46.

Electronic reference

Dorothy J. Solinger, « The Dibao Recipients », China Perspectives [Online], 2008/4 | 2008, Online since 01 December 2011, connection on 23 April 2018. URL :

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