Presentation of Camille Boullenois : « Social mobility in rural China: a study of entrepreneurs in Taiqian County » , 9 March 2017

The Tsinghua University Sino-French Research Centre and the Sociology Departement of Tsinghua University are pleased to invite you to a presentation of Camille Boullenois, with Professor Liu Jingming (Professor of sociology at Tsinghua University):


Camille Boullenois

Camille Boullenois is a PhD student in the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU. Her research expertise relates to social relations and social change in contemporary China, especially pertaining to rural China, agricultural policy, entrepreneurship, social mobility, rural-urban migration. She also works as an analyst at China Policy, and contributes regularly to China Analysis and Oxford Analytica, writing on Chinese society and politics.

« Social mobility in rural China: a study of entrepreneurs in Taiqian County »

« 中国农村地区的社会阶层流动 : 以台前县的企业家为例 »

Camille Boullenois will present her current doctoral research on social mobility in rural China after 1978. The liberalisation reforms after 1978 have led to increased, though limited, social mobility. Preliminary findings suggest a continuation of previous communist elites, who took advantage of their position to take over collective enterprises, and adapted their strategies to assert and maintain their power in the local area. But a new group of private entrepreneurs also joined the ranks of this enduring elite, starting business from scratch, often after working several years in cities. These new entrepreneurs were mainly drawn from former wealthy families that undertook business activities before the Maoist revolution and re-emerged after 1978. The bottom line of this research project is to understand the power play between a new and an old (though very adaptative) elite, and how their dominance is constructed locally. These questions will be examined through the lens of power relations, by analysing day-to-day social and cultural practices, and by studying network resource, factional affiliation, kinship, and cultural capital to understand the changes in the power base of rural elites.


Liu Jingming, Professor of Sociology at Tsinghua University

Chloé Froissart, Director of the Tsinghua Sino-French Research Center

Thursday, 9 March 2017, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tsinghua University

Xiong Zhi Xing Building 熊知行楼

Departement of sociology

Room 211

The seminar will be held in English and Chinese