Social Class in Contemporary China and the Emergence of Civil Society

09.Oct.2008 09.00 - 10.00
LT16, Roger Stevens Building - Leeds


Professor Flemming Christiansen (University of Leeds)


The huge social upheavals in China during the last 30 years have led to great diversity of life chances and opportunities and have allowed new individual freedom of expression and of economic advancement. The seminar explores to what extent this affects the rise of civil society: Is China moving towards broader political participation or the formation of new, highly articulate elites?

Professor Flemming Christiansen is Director of the National Institute for Chinese Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre, and Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds. He received his PhD from the University of Leiden. Professor Christiansen is the author of Chinatown, Europe. An Exploration of Overseas Chinese Identity in the 1990s (RoutledgeCurzon 2003), The Politics of Multiple Belonging. Ethnicity and Nationalism in Europe and East Asia. (Ashgate, 2004), and Remaking Peasant China. Problems of Rural Development and Institutions at the Start of the 1990s (Aarhus University Press, 1990).

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