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March 17, 2009

04/01/09 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture by Yu Xie


Drawing on past research, I advance the following propositions in this talk: (1) inequality in China has been largely mediated by collective agencies, such as locales and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political discourse promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being defined as improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Thus, it seems unlikely that social inequality alone would lead to political and social unrest in today's China.

Yu Xie holds several faculty appointments at the University of Michigan. He is Otis Dudley Duncan Professor of Sociology and Statistics and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR), where he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP). He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies. His main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, and the sociology of science. He has published the following books in recent years: Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (2008, second edition), Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes with Kimberlee Shauman (2003), Asian Americans: A Demographic Portrait with Kimberly Goyette (2004), and Marriage and Cohabitation with Arland Thornton and William Axinn (2007).

Posted by zzhu at March 17, 2009 05:07 PM