Talk "China's Society Today: Urban Hierarchy and Social Stratification" by Björn Alpermann
The relationship between urban-rural living regions and occupational opportunities and boundaries is more determinant and particular in China than in any other country, however, in a state of flux. Strong economic development plays a role here. For decades, China's society was characterized by a dualism between urban and rural areas. Through the system of residence registration (hukou), urban or rural status was inherited between generations, fundamentally determining the life chances of individuals. Even rural-urban migrants remained tied to their villages and could not fully integrate into the urban community. The lecture analyzes the change this system underwent towards gradual gradations and deals with the consequences for the social stratification of Chinese society.
Björn Alpermann (Social Worlds: China's Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking) holds the Chair of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the Institute of East and South Asian Cultural Studies at the University of Würzburg and has published numerous articles focusing on contemporary China.
The talk will be held in German.
Siebold-Museum Würzburg, Untergeschoss; Frankfurter Straße 87 (Kultur- und Kreativzentrum Bürgerbräu)
Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesische Freundschaft Würzburg e.V.
Hans-Sachs-Str. 72, 97204 Höchberg, Telefon 0172 8410332
Der 1. Vorsitzende: Dr. Hans-Peter Trolldenier, Dipl.-Psych.