From Plan to Market: From Status to Class?

Professor Flemming Christiansen, University of Leeds

17.Mar.2011 09.00 - 10.30
LT16, Roger Stevens Building - Leeds


This seminar reviews core debates on how social classes have emerged in China since 1978 and critically discusses main factors in China's political economy and its integration in the global economy that have influenced the distribution of power and wealth in society.


Professor Flemming Christiansen is Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds and Director of the National Institute of Chinese Studies, the White Rose East Asia Centre. He has worked extensively on social developments in contemporary China and on Chinese overseas.

This presentation is part of the Worldwide Universities Network Contemporary China Center (WUN CCC) virtual seminars series, which this year focuses on:

  • China's Changing Urbanities
  • China Business: Green Opportunities
  • Class and Class Consciousness in China

The series allows audiences around the world to hear from leading scholars in contemporary China studies and to engage in dialogue with one another across geographic boundaries. Each seminar includes an interactive question and answer session across all sites.

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