Economy and Culture in Contemporary China
This course will provide a broad introduction to a range of economic and cultural issues in contemporary China. As many questions regarding China, ranging from the direction of market-based economic reforms to the prospects of democratic movements, remain sites of debate, we will seek to understand the stakes and arguments involved. During this course, we will cover texts from anthropology, sociology, political science, popular media, the arts, and economics. Topics covered include: Economic reforms, Chinese capitalism and socialism, Democratic transformations, Business in China, Chinese politics and leadership, China and consumerism, The rule of law, Labor and class, Gender, and China and globalization.