Modernity and Policy Toward the Urban Poor in China

November 29, 2017 12:10 pm - 1:50 pm


Columbia University School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue Room C03 New York, NY 10027


Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the China Center for Social Policy at Columbia University, the Center on Poverty and Social Policy, and the Columbia School of Social Work

SPEAKER: Dorothy Solinger, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine (bio)
DISCUSSANT: Xian Huang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University (bio)
MODERATOR: Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia School of Social Work (bio)


In addressing the timely issue of China’s urban poor policy Dr. Solinger will pose the question: why are the poor in Chinese cities managed so much more meagerly, in relative terms, than other groups? Using statistical material, comparative information and quotations from interviews, she will make the case that it is the state’s obsession with forging stability that has had a negative impact on China’s municipally-situated needy. Chinese cities must now conform to the political elite’s vision of modernity, to what Dr. Solinger sees as its illusions of rejuvenation, regeneration, and renovation. She bases her claim on an appraisal of the state’s Minimum Livelihood Guarantee (Dibao).


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