Dr. Deborah Davis, Professor of Sociology, Yale University will present:
“Weddings in Shanghai: Performing Happiness and Re-Verticalizing Kinship”
Weddings in Shanghai are often lavish and involve multiple rituals
from early morning tea ceremonies to raucous toasting displays at
evening banquets. However, close observation of the ceremonies
and extended interviews with brides, grooms, and their parents
reveal much more than a competitive display of conspicuous
consumption. Rather close study of the multiple performances of
gratitude and devotion document both the enduring centrality of
filiality and newly intensified vertical ties of affection and
loyalty between parents and their adult only child.
Emory University, White Hall Room 112
4:00 pm, Monday, Sept. 24th, 2018
Note that Dr. Davis will give a second lecture at Georgia Tech on Sept. 25th, 4:00 pm.
The 2018 CRC Annual Lecture
Dr. Deborah Davis, Yale University, presents:
“Uneven Urbanization in China: Causes and Consequences”
Time: 4-5:30 pm, Tuesday, September 25 Venue: The Clary Theatre, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Tech
Visitor Parking: Georgia Tech North Avenue Visitor Parking Lots, http://www.pts.gatech.edu/visitors
Free & Open to the Public
Forty years ago, China was “under urbanized’; less than 20% of the population lived in towns or cites and that percentage had not shifted for many decades. Today the majority of Chinese citizens live and work in urban settlements and China has more than 160 cities with a population of over one million. Market forces have fueled rapid urbanization but equally decisive has been a radical extension of city boundaries. As a result, urban “spaces” have expanded twice as fast as the urban population. Moreover, while half of the new urbanites are migrants who left their villages to seek their fortune in the cities, half are in-situ urbanites where the “city came to them.” In this lecture, Deborah Davis first summarizes the macro-level shifts between 1980 and 2015 and then draws on current research to discuss multiple dimensions of “uneven urbanization.”
Deborah Davis is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Yale University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai as well as on the faculty at the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. At Yale she served as Director of Academic Programs at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Chair of the Council of East Asian Studies, and co-chair of the Women Faculty Forum. Her past publications have analyzed the politics of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese family life, social welfare policy, consumer culture, property rights, social stratification, occupational mobility, and impact of rapid urbanization and migration on health and happiness.