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[演講公告]China’s “One Country, Two Systems”: The Origin, Functions, and Changes of the Rural-Urban Dual System

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:30 - 12:00
Location Room 202, the Geography Department Building, NTU
講者: Dr. Kam Wing Chan
演講大綱:

Rural-urban relations are a critical aspect in the process of development. China is no exception to that, and because its post-1949 development relies heavily on exploiting agriculture, and with a large rural population to begin with, rural-urban relations are even more crucial. Indeed it is widely noted that the social and economic cleavages in China between the rural and urban populations are systematic and especially large. This paper examines China’s special rural-urban dual system, which is foundational to the Stalinist/Maoist state socialist development strategy and the political-cum-economic system set up in the 1950s.  Not only does the “two systems” underpin China’s development, it also shapes urbanization throughout the period after 1949, including the decades after Mao. Building on my and other previous work, this paper systematically studies the roots, nature and functions of the Chinese rural-urban dual system and analyses how the system is refashioned to suit the new demands of the state strategy and the newly opened markets in the recent four decades. A comparison of the dual system and Lewis’ model highlights their fundamental differences and raises relevant questions for further research.

講者簡介:

Professor, Department of Geography, University of Washington

學術召集: Prof. Jen-Jia Lin
Contact TA Hui-yi Lin (02-3366-5845)
附件:
1061214-speech_Kam Wing Chan Poster NTU.pdf

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