Replacing The Urban: Rural Binary
Until recently three binaries dominated analysis of urban China: urban versus rural, coast versys interior, and permanent versus temporary resident. Although these dichotomies did not reflect the actual heterogeneity of urban life they persisted in part because they sharpened our analytic models and focused debates. In this lecture Professor Deborah Davis explains the advantages of discarding these three binaries and approaching urbanization and urbanity along several continua.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A graduate of Wellesley College, Professor Deborah S. Davis received a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University. She has written and edited books and publications analyzing social changes against the backdrop of a constantly evolving Asia. Professor Davis has also been heavily involved in the development of Yale-NUS College since 2009, and continues to contribute to the College’s curriculum development. She is currently teaching Sociology at Yale University, and her primary teaching interests are inequality and stratification, contemporary Chinese society, and methods of fieldwork.