Perceived discrimination and subjective well-being among rural-to-urban migrants in China

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Using data from a 2009 national household survey (N = 2,866), this study investigates the differential experience of perceived institutional and interpersonal discrimination among ruralto- urban migrants in China, and the consequences of these two types of discrimination on measures of subjective well-being. The results indicate that rural-to-urban migrants perceive institutional discrimination more frequently than interpersonal discrimination. However, perceived interpersonal discrimination has a more detrimental effect than perceived institutional discrimination for rural-to-urban migrants, and this effect takes the form of self-rated physical health and depressive distress. The research calls for a more equitable social environment and equal distribution of resources and opportunities in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-156
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2013


  • China
  • Migration
  • Perceived discrimination
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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