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Tamara Jacka's primary research interests are in gender and rural/urban inequalities; and the interconnections between social change and individual experiences and agency. She has carried out field research in a number of sites in northern and central China. She is the author of four books: Women, Gender and Rural Development in China (co-edited with Sally Sargeson; Edward Elgar, 2011), Rural Women in Urban China: Gender, Migration and Social Change (M. E. Sharpe, 2006), On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China (co-edited with Arianne Gaetano; Columbia University Press, 2004) and Women's Work in Rural China: Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform (Cambridge University Press, 1997). Her book, Rural Women in Urban China, won the American Anthropological Association's Francis Hsu award for Best Book in East Asian Anthropology (2007). She is also a co-editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies and a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Association for Asian Studies, the Asian Studies Association of Australia and the Chinese Studies Association of Australia. She has over twelve years' experience of teaching undergraduate courses on Chinese society and politics, and supervises postgraduate students in Chinese studies, gender studies, anthropology and development studies.

This course aims to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the structures and processes that constitute the contemporary Chinese society and culture. It starts with a review of the Chinese society in the period of 1949-1976. The main part of the course introduces students to many aspects of Chinese social life since 1976, including social stratification, urban and rural communities, cultural objects and industry, interpersonal relations, civil society, identities, collective memory, etc.

China's rapid economic growth, modernization and globalization have led to astounding social changes. Contemporary China provides a fascinating portrayal of society and social change in the contemporary People's Republic of China. This book introduces readers to key sociological and anthropological perspectives, themes and debates about Chinese society. It explores topics such as family life, citizenship, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, labour, religion, education, class and rural-urban inequalities, youth identities and collective action for social change. It considers China's imperial past, the social and institutional legacies of the Maoist era, and the momentous forces shaping it in the present.

Written by experts in the field, and including full-colour maps and photographs, this book offers remarkable insight into Chinese society and social change. It is an excellent resource for university students of Chinese society.

Tamara's main research interests are in gender relations and social change in contemporary China. Her publication Rural Women in Urban China: Gender, Migration, and Social Change (ME Sharpe, Armonk, New York and London, 2006) won the American Anthropological Association's Francis Hsu prize for best book in East Asian anthropology in 2007. She supervises PhD students on topics relating to Chinese society, gender relations, rural-urban migration and rural development.

This module adopts a social scientific approach to survey the general features of Chinese society through an analysis of the political, social, and economic changes undergone in China since 1949. We shall examine the general institutional make-up of the Chinese society in the socialist era, the changes and transformations that have taken place since the reform era, as well as the problems and challenges it is now facing in the post-socialist era. Particular focus will be placed on how these societal changes impact on the lived experience of the Chinese people.

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to: a. assess how socio-economic and cultural changes in China since 1949 impact on the lives of the Chinese peopleb. analyse


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