China Urbanized: The Making of the Chinese Middle Class
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 3077
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Radical urbanization has now become one of the most concerned cultural-political terms in post-socialist China. In order to understand the impact and consequence of this particular historical change, we need to direct attention to the newly emerged Chinese middle class. This course aims to study the politics of the making of the Chinese middle class in a social, cultural, and historical context. By critically investigating the intertwined processes of privatization, urbanization and globalization, students will be encouraged to rethink relations between Chinese urbanization and the formation of the Chinese middle class. Course discussions will center on key questions such as the violence of massive demolition vis-à-vis the irony of the Chinese Property Rights Law, the radical housing reform vis-à-vis restratified socio-spatial distinctions, the dilemma of the Chinese middle class vis-à-vis their new socio-political role across China and the globe, and so forth. Students will read selected texts on modern and contemporary Chinese history, politics, literature, and urban studies to explore the making of the Chinese urban middle class in the era of global capitalism.
Open to Undergraduate students.