Poverty and Pacification: A Conversation with Dorothy J. Solinger

Dorothy Solinger, Jenny Chan

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Dorothy J. Solinger’s latest book, Poverty and Pacification: The Chinese State Abandons the Old Working Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022), is dedicated to ‘all of those whose lives were wrenched’ in globalising China. Solinger is passionate about working people, including rural migrants and laid-off urban workers, as reflected in her decades-long commitment to activism and scholarship. As Chinese workers—to this day hailed as masters of the nation—were laid off during successive waves of economic restructuring in the 1990s and 2000s, they often found themselves depending on minimum livelihood allowances (最低生活保障, or dibao 低保 for short), desperate to make a decent living in a pitiless job market. With an eye on the new urban poor, Solinger offers a reassessment of China’s quest for wealth and power at the turn of the new millennium.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalMade in China Journal
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Minimum livelihood guarantee system (dibao)
  • China
  • urban poverty
  • state-society relations
  • social and political stability
  • post-socialism
  • laid-off workers
  • Dorothy J. Solinger (book author)
  • Jenny Chan (interviewer)
  • Made in China Journal


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