Lecture 21_Sep 8_ANT148A 2009

Lecture 21_Sep 8_ANT148A 2009 - ANT148A: Culture and...

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ANT148A: Culture and Political Economy in Contemporary China Summer Session II 2009 Gowoon Noh (Dept of Anthropology, UCD)
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Lecture outline I. Consumerism and the New Middle Class 1. Changing Consumption Patterns 2. Housing 3. Social Consequences I. Film: China Rises: City of Dreams
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I. Consumerism and the New Middle Class 1. Changing consumption patterns a. Before – Danwei as the distributor of goods, housing, social welfare benefits – Homogeneous living standard – Limited consumer goods – Variations in the cities were limited, and caused not by individuals’ wealth, but by danwei’s ability to provide for resources b. Today – The decrease of state and danwei control on resources – People can access a wide range of goods and commodities – Highly differentiated living standards – Private business: who started private business earlier and manage it more successfully – New middle class and new urban underclass
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I. Consumerism and the New Middle Class c. Distinct features
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2009 for the course ANT 148 taught by Professor Gowoonnoh during the Summer '09 term at UC Davis.

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Lecture 21_Sep 8_ANT148A 2009 - ANT148A: Culture and...

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