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Talk: Governance and the Production of Public Goods in a Contemporary Chinese Rural Community
Date: 17 January 2008 (Thursday)

Modern China Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to present a talk by:

Ms. PAN Jie, Junior Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


‘Governance and the Production of Public Goods in a Contemporary Chinese Rural Community’

Date: January 17, 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Room 1105, KK Leung Building

In this talk, Ms. Pan looks at how the individual contract-based system that replaced the collective production model of the People’s Commune era, along with the current government’s market-driven modernization and urbanization policies, have affected rural development in China. Whilst these changes have given farmers more freedom over their daily lives, especially in terms of agricultural production and small-scale business initiatives, they have also resulted in a weakening of governance and public service/goods provision at a community level. Based on fieldwork conducted between 2002 and 2006 in the village of Jiuxi, near Anshun, in Guizhou province, Ms. Pan discusses how these issues are being addressed and the role played by grassroots organizations in re-establishing a sense of community.

About the speaker:
Ms. Pan is a junior researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Sociology, which she joined in 2001 after earning her MA in Anthropology from the Central University for Nationalities in China. Ms. Pan was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science from October 2006 to September 2007. Her research interests are community studies, development and rural-urban migration in China.

The talk will be conducted in English. It will last around one hour and will be followed by a Q&A session. All are welcome.
For enquiries, please contact Ms Lucilla Cheng at 2859-2000 or

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