Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Guilty of IndigenceThe Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Janet Y. Chen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152103

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152103.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 22 September 2021

“Living Ghosts” during the Nanjing Decade

“Living Ghosts” during the Nanjing Decade

(p.86) Chapter 3 “Living Ghosts” during the Nanjing Decade
Guilty of Indigence

Janet Y. Chen

Princeton University Press

This chapter underscores how Nationalist (GMD) assumptions about poor relief drew on the intellectual discourses that had developed in the previous decades. It begins with an overview of the intersections between academic sociology and the GMD government's relief agenda, before turning to the specific contours of changes in Beijing and Shanghai. The chapter also returns to the fate of the straw hut dwellers, picking up the narrative from the previous chapter. Here, efforts to reform poor relief tried to classify and organize the recipients of aid into discrete categories, but often failed to recognize poverty as a continuum of misery, difficult to compartmentalize. For the urban poor of Beijing and Shanghai, the GMD's decade in power would mean an uneasy combination of charity and coercion, help and punishment.

Keywords:   Nanjing Decade, poor relief, productivism, urban poor, relief agenda, Beijing, Shanghai, shantytowns

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.