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58th GLOCOL Seminar: "Rural China" and Social Anthropology -- Wondering about the Land and her People

2010-10-29 (Fri) 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The 58th GLOCOL Seminar: "Rural China" and Social Anthropology -- Wondering about the Land and her People will be held on Friday, October 29.

Half a century ago, the Chinese sociologist Fei Xiaotong proposed the term "rural China" when comparing Western civilization with Chinese. This term captured the structural essence of Chinese society. For Fei Xiaotong, the unique characteristic of the structure of Chinese society was "disparity" which differed from the group structure of the West. In Chinese society, "oneself" plays a main role. In other words, the "oneself" or "I" takes priority over "public" and motivates one's social activities.

However, if globalization has freed people from their bondage to the land or deprived people of land, is his view still accurate today? Zhao Xudong, the student of Fei Xiaotong inheriting his mentor's idea of "rural China" will speak about approaches to modern China in terms of land systems.


There is no charge for attending this seminar. Also, preregistration not required.

Sponsored by: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University, in cooperation with Osaka University Chinese Culture Forum, GLOCOL Joint Research headed by TAKEUCHI Toshitaka, "The Infrastructure of International Relations regarding Japan and China -- Aiming to Establish a Platform for Japan-China Research and Education at Osaka University"

Note: This seminar will be conducted in Chinese. Translation service between Chinese and Japanese will be available.


Date: 2010-10-29 (Fri) 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Room, 2F, East Research Guidance Bldg., Center for Advanced Science and Innovation
URL: http://www.glocol.osaka-u.ac.jp/research/101029.html

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