Understanding Inequality in China

The Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Office of the Provost are pleased to invite you to Professor Yu Xie’s Distinguished University Professorship Lecture on April 1, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Amphitheatre of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Building. The lecture title is Understanding Inequality in China.

ABSTRACT

Drawing on past research, I advance the following propositions in this talk: (1) inequality in China has been largely mediated by collective agencies, such as locales and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political discourse promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being defined as improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Thus, it seems unlikely that social inequality alone would lead to political and social unrest in today’s China.

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