Understanding Inequality in China

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Yu Xie

Wednesday, 4-1-2009, Rackham Amphitheatre.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

Distinguished University Professorship Lecture. Wednesday, April 1st, 4 pm, Rackham Amphitheatre.

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.

PSC Brown Bag seminars highlight recent research in population studies and serve as a focal point for building our research community.

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