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China in the Global Economic Crisis: Social Dislocation, Government Response, and Prospects for Transformation

A talk featuring Wen Tiejun, Dean of the School of Agronomics & Rural Development, Renmin University of China.

Monday, April 29, 2013
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall

In the wake of the global economic meltdown of 2008-2009, China has experience a major declaration.   In response, newly-installed President Xi Jinping has re-affirmed the state’s commitment to expanding domestic consumption and the home market, while relying less on exports and investment. Professor Wen will situate the current crisis historically vis- à--vis the long series of economic disruptions that have periodically interrupted China’s economic evolution, specify the enormous costs of the previous pattern of urban-industrial centered growth oriented to the world market, and explain what will be required to establish a new path of growth that is more sustainable in both human and ecological terms—one that will, at minimum, nurture a peasant-rural-agriculture society that has, till now, borne so much of the burden of China’s economic crises.

Wen Tiejun was one of the first scholars to identify and analyze China’s contemporary rural crisis and is an originator and leader of the new social movement for rural reconstruction, an initiative that has by now involved many hundreds of academics, social workers, student volunteers, and grassroots activists.   He is the author of Eight Crises. Lessons from China 1949-2009 (2013), Report on Constructing the New Chinese Countryside (2010), “Ecological Civilization, Indigenous Culture, and Rural Reconstruction in China” in Monthly Review (2012); and “Deconstructing Modernization” in Chinese Sociology and Anthropology (2007)

Discussant : Jeffrey Wasserstrom is professor of History at UC Irvine and the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. His books include: China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know  (2010), Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (2008), and Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991).

For more information call Center for Social Theory and Comparative History or (310) 206-5675


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Social Theory and Comparative History

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