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Title: Under Mao Rule: One Nation, Two Worlds
Authors: Conrad, Sean
Advisors: Fernandez-Kelly, Patricia
Department: Sociology
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: The events detailed in this thesis modify the way previous research has studied the regional economic disparity phenomenon in China. Today, China enjoys an average economic growth rate of 9.5%, yet, the eastern “money-making” coast of China harbors a vast underdeveloped interior. The policies that Mao Tse-tung implemented as former leader of the People’s Republic of China (1949-1976), to curb economic inequality only deepened the divide between rural and urban life. His policies are used as theoretical framework in the context of globalization and social outcomes, as a lens to view the deepened socio-economic gap between the vast underdeveloped rural regions and the dense, but highly developed, urban regions. Topics such as the Great Leap Forward, a promise of a land of riches, and movements such as the Four Cleanups and the Cultural Revolution created bitter tension between the two sides on a micro-level. Finally, as China began to enter the modern world competing on a global scale, something, upon entrance to globalization, was left behind; the entirety of the western part of China.J Brown 2012. City Versus Countryside in Mao’s China. New York. Cambridge University Press.
Extent: 96 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Sociology, 1954-2017

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