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EJPR 12A06 - Winter Workshop - Behind the News: On the margins of the Chinese society

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 15

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This year, the objective of the seminar is to explore the paradox of the Chinese society. On the one hand, Chinese society is sharply split between the haves and the haves not -rural population vs. urban population, locals vs migrants, obedient citizens vs dissidents- rural population, migrants and dissidents living in the margins of the society. But on the other hand, the margins of the society are not out of hand of the social control. The rural population took advantage of the policy of reforms, even if it is in a far less proportion than the urbanites. Migrants do not live in shanty towns like many marginalized people in other parts of the world. As for dissidents if there are living in the margins, their number is very limited, many critics of the regime “playing around the red line” between conformity and marginalization. The central idea of this seminar is then to help students to deal with the blurred notion of marginality in order to have a better understanding of how the Chinese institutions of social control manage social inequalities in terms of wealth, education as well as status. We will try to rely to recent events in order to illustrate this context.


ROCCA, Jean-Louis (Chargé de recherches, CERI - Sciences Po)

Course validation

Research paper 4-5 pages due to the 19th of February.

Required reading

Jean-Louis Rocca, A sociology of modern China, London Hurst, 2017

Additional required reading

Sun Wanning, Subaltern China: Rural migrants, Media, and Cultural practices, Lanham, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014