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Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953

Janet Y. Chen


In the early twentieth century, a time of political fragmentation and social upheaval in China, poverty became the focus of an anguished national conversation about the future of the country. Investigating the lives of the urban poor in China during this critical era, this book examines the solutions implemented by a nation attempting to deal with “society's most fundamental problem.” Interweaving analysis of shifting social viewpoints, the evolution of poor relief institutions, and the lived experiences of the urban poor, the book explores the development of Chinese attitudes toward urban pov ... More

Keywords: urban poverty, China, urban poor, poor relief, Beijing, Shanghai, workhouse, nonworking poor, homelessness, vagrancy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152103
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Y. Chen, author
Princeton University