Logic of identity differentiation for the agricultural transfer population

LI Bin1 ZHANG Guisheng

(1.Department of Sociology, Central South University)

【Abstract】Based on the perspectives of action-structure and agency-construction, this paper studies the influences of structural exclusion and subjective initiative in differentiating the identification of agricultural transfer population (ATP). (1) The identification of ATP showed a tendency of tiered development. (2) The structural factors that affect the identification of ATP are discrete, as some factors have incentive effect, such as the reform on household registration system, the transformation of rural villages to urban communities, and land acquisition policy. Some factors have hindered the identification process, including housing services, administration services and public health services in urban areas, whereas other elements have been ignored, such as the provision of the basic education services. (3) At the level of individual activities, the logic for identity differentiation has moved from process to outcome.

【Keywords】 agricultural transfer population; identity; action-structure; agency-construction; differentiation logic;


【Funds】 Key Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (15ASH007) Key Bidding Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (15ZDA044) Key Bidding Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (17ZDA117)

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    [1]. ① http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/zxfb/201802/t20180228_1585631.html. [^Back]

    [2]. ① The concept of agricultural transfer population was first proposed at the Central Economic Working Conference held in December 2009. This concept is more neutral and accurate than migrant workers, migrant farmers and floating population, because it includes not only people who have moved household registration to towns and live in cities and towns, but also those who have agricultural household registration but live in cities and towns. [^Back]

    [3]. ① This paper statistically analyzes the urban-rural differences in leisure lifestyles of different groups, and performs Dunnett-t test (two-sided) on the differences. The results are not shown here due to space limitation, and relevant information can be requested from the authors. [^Back]

    [4]. ① The factor naming here is inspired by the division of leisure methods into elegant leisure factors (joining physical exercise, and enjoying music or art works) and popular entertainment factors (watching TV and playing cards) by Liu and Li (2005), and it is found that there is a certain degree of correlation between the objective class position and leisure style of urban residents. [^Back]


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CN: 11-1100/C

Vol 34, No. 03, Pages 146-169+245

May 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature analysis and research hypothesis
  • 3 Analytical framework, operational variable and measurement
  • 4 Data analysis and research findings
  • 5 Discovery and discussions
  • Footnote