Fall 2012

Inequalities in Contemporary China

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-315  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-315


Vanessa L. Fong (Section 01)


(Offered as ANTH 315 and ASLC 315 [C].)  This course examines various factors that produce inequality in mainland China, such as age, generation, gender, ethnicity, education, income, work, differences between rural and urban areas within China, and differences between China and developed countries.  We will look at how Chinese citizens, state leaders, and media producers understand, portray, and produce such inequalities, and at how Chinese individuals and families try to improve their positions in the hierarchies created by such inequalities. Students will work in teams to conduct original research about particular kinds of inequalities in China, drawing on data from the instructor’s research projects. Each team will consist of at least one student experienced in statistical analysis who will analyze English-language survey data, at least one student with Chinese language skills who will translate and analyze Chinese-language interview questions and responses, and several students without Chinese language skills or statistical analysis skills who will analyze the English-language scholarly literature on particular kinds of inequality in China. It is expected that most students in this class will not have Chinese language skills or statistical analysis skills, and these skills are not required for admission to or success in the course.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Fong.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012