Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path

Development of a Society on Wheels

Understanding the Rise of Automobile-dependency in China

Editors: Wang, Junxiu (Ed.)

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  • Addresses the impact of Chinese families owning cars on social changes
  • Presents multi-disciplinary research on the formation of China's automobile society, and its characteristics and the future development
  • Discusses the social problems caused by China’s automobile society, and puts forward policy recommendations based on the authors’ extensive survey data
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Using quantitative research, this volume investigates the characteristics, problems and trends of the automobile society in China’s mega cities and large cities. It also addresses topics related to cars and cities, traffic safety and cars’ consumption.
China has experienced more than 30 years of rapid economic development, and people's living conditions have greatly improved. One of the symbols of this is family-car ownership, which has increased year by year. China is rapidly becoming an automobile society like North America. But China has huge population and limited urban space, and most of the cities are deteriorating environmentally. Added to this are the low degree energy self-sufficiency and people’s lack of awareness of traffic rules, all of which have brought various social problems, such as traffic congestion, lack of parking spaces, air pollution, energy shortage and frequent accidents. The volume presents a series of studies examining the characteristics and problems of China's automobile society development from the perspective of sustainable development.
The reports in the volume are both academic and highly readable, making it an interesting resource for researchers and general readers alike. It offers insights into the trends and problems of private cars in China, as well as observations on China’s social change through the unique medium of cars.

About the authors

Junxiu Wang, PhD in sociology (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)Professor, Head of Department of Social Psychology ,Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
Xiaoshan Lin, graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University, is a professor of Sociology in the College of Law and Political Science, Zhejiang Normal University where he teaches Consumption of Sociology, Qualitative Research, Gender Studies and Demographic Sociology. His research now mostly focuses on consumption inequality and social stratification, especially the institutional transitions and consumer revolution in modern China. He is also the author of the book: The Social Construction of Car Dream: A Studies of Car Consumption in Urban China Families. Recently he was elected as vice-chairman of the professional committee of consumption sociology of Chinese Sociological Association.
Wanchun Deng, graduated with PH.D. of Sociology from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China in 2005. Now, he is a professor of School of Politics and Administration, at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China. He focuses on the study of Time and Space Sociology, Traffic Sociology and automobile society. The major works published recently are Traffic Sociology(co-author, China Social Sciences Press, 2012), Time and Space Sociology(co-author, Beijing Normal University Press, 2012).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Automobiles: A Unique Perspective on China’s Social Development

    Pages 1-14

    Wang, Junxiu

  • China’s Automobile-Dependent Society at the Crossroads: Annual Report on Development of the Automobile-Dependent Society in China (2011)

    Pages 15-44

    Wang, Junxiu

  • In Pursuit of Sustainability: Annual Report on the Development of an Automobile-Dependent Society in China (2013)

    Pages 45-76

    Wang, Junxiu

  • Annual Report on Development of the Automobile-Dependent Society in China (2011)

    Pages 77-124

    Wang, Junxiu

  • Survey Report on Current Status of Automobiles in China (2012)

    Pages 125-146

    Wang, Junxiu

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Development of a Society on Wheels
Book Subtitle
Understanding the Rise of Automobile-dependency in China
Editors
  • Junxiu Wang
Series Title
Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. and Social Sciences Academic Press
Distribution Rights
No distribution rights for the Mainland of China.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2270-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2270-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-2269-3
Series ISSN
2363-6866
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 307
Number of Illustrations
124 b/w illustrations
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