The aim of this seminar is to explore the Chinese middle-class as a central subject of critical and forward-looking research. In so doing, we have invited a distinguished group of scholars to reflect on the making of the Chinese middle-class in conceptual terms as well as the meanings and significances of the middle-class in contemporary China.
The idea of the Chinese middle-class has been celebrated but also contested in present day China and around the world. The seminar asks what are the appropriate definitions of the Chinese middle-class? Is it a useful research perspective to address or conclude from? And how does the emerging Chinese middle-class look in comparative perspectives? The seminar will widen the scope of most current middle-class research by focusing on class as closely intertwined with lifestyles, family ideals and gendered norms and practices.
The seminar features two leading Chinese study scholars Dr. LI Chunling and Dr. David Goodman as keynotes as well as comparative comments from reputable Danish scholars. Besides, a team of junior and senior scholars in China studies will discuss their take on the middle-class from various fields of specialisation. All in all the workshop offers a one day space for bolstering questions of class in the intersectional framework of gender, generational changes, lifestyle, consumerism and sustainability.