Development of a Society on Wheels

Understanding the Rise of Automobile-dependency in China

  • Junxiu Wang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Wanchun Deng, Xiaojue Wang
    Pages 181-196
  3. Junxiu Wang
    Pages 211-232

About this book


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.


automobile society automobile problem sustainable development traffic jam environmental pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Junxiu Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of SociologyChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. and Social Sciences Academic Press 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2269-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2270-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2363-6866
  • Series Online ISSN 2363-6874
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