"Higher Education, Elite... into the Chinese Communist Party" with Wu

Thu Feb 09 2023 at 05:15 pm to 06:45 pm

Fisher-Bennett Hall | Philadelphia

Center for East Asian Studies
Publisher/HostCenter for East Asian Studies
"Higher Education, Elite... into the Chinese Communist Party" with Wu
"Higher Education, Elite Formation and Social Stratification: Recruitment of College Students into the Chinese Communist Party" with Wu
About this Event

While college education and party membership play distinct roles in social mobility and elite formation in the Chinese stratification system, they are increasingly intertwined with each other after the dramatic expansion of tertiary education since the late 1990s. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) actively targets the educated youth in its membership recruitment, while college students view the party as the vehicle to seek advantages in labor market in the context of oversupply of college graduates, leading to the mutual selections process of party members. Based on the five wave of longitudinal survey data on college students from 2009 to 2013, I examine the differential impact of family background on both application and admission, and discuss the implications of findings for social reproduction and the sustainability of the political regime.

Speaker's Bio:

Xiaogang Wu is Professor of Sociology at New York University, and Yufeng Global Professor of Social Science, Head of Social Science Area, Director of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) at NYU Shanghai. From 2003 to 2020, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he was Chair Professor of Social Science and Public Policy. Dr. Wu’s research interests include social stratification and mobility, education, urban sociology, survey and quantitative methods. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and now is the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Sociological Review (2162-0555 [print]; 2162-0563 [web]).


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, United States


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