The classification of family livelihood transition stages of migrant workers in the process of new-type urbanization and its application

QUAN Lei1 CHEN Yuping2 DING Shijun3

(1.School of Law and Public Administration, China Three Gorges University)
(2.School of Business Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law)
(3.School of Public Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law)

【Abstract】This article aims to divide the transition process of livelihood of migrant workers’ families and analyze the behavioral logic and resource allocation characteristics of migrant workers’ families in the process of new-type urbanization in China from the perspective of family livelihood transition. The study examines the economic correlation between migrant workers’ families and rural areas from two dimensions of employment and residence. Based on the degree of correlation, the transition process of livelihood of migrant workers can be divided into an initial stage, an intermediate stage and a later stage. Afterwards, this method of stage division is used to identify the livelihood transition of 717 migrant workers’ family samples in Hubei and Guangdong. It finds that, in different stages of livelihood transition, obvious differences exist in the logic of family economic behavior, the allocation of family members in urban and rural areas, the utilization mode of housing and land, and the spatial flow of household income.

【Keywords】 new-type urbanization; migrant worker’s family; livelihood transition; stage division;


【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (71673303) General Project of Humanities and Social Sciences Research of Ministry of Education (18YJA790013)

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    [3]. ① Either it is to pay for the daily expenses of family members in the town, or to have family independent residence in the town, migrant workers’ families are required to have a considerable amount of economic resources to support. However, for most migrant workers, the ability to obtain income in cities and towns is difficult to meet this requirement in the short term. [^Back]

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CN: 11-3586/F

Vol , No. 05, Pages 17-31

September 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The motivation and goal of migrant workers’ family livelihood transition in the process of new-type urbanization in China
  • 3 The connotation and stage division method of migrant workers’ family livelihood transition
  • 4 The application of stage division method in the study of migrant workers’ family livelihood transition
  • 5 Conclusions
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