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  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
  • Dr Hyun Shin | h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk

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  • 1. China’s Middle Classin MakingDr Hyun Bang ShinSenior LecturerDepartment of Geography andEnvironmentThe London School of Economicsand Political Scienceh.b.shin@lse.ac.uk
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  • 3. China’s City-based Accumulation“ 城市,让生活更美好 The Chinese phrase actually Better City, Better Life” means… “City makes your life happier”
  • 4. Investment as the greatest contributor to GDP growthThe Economist, 3 January 2008 Source: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-Source: http://www.economist.com/node/10429271 01/20/content_14480020.htm
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  • 6. Middle Class as Key to Consumption 6
  • 7. Proletarianisation and Middle class in making Two processes as two sides of the same coin Cheap labour as the cornerstone of China’s rise Workers’ aspiration to climb up the suzhi ladder. Person attributes China’s rise and technological upgrading: limits on absorbing rural surplus labour in the manufacturing sector
  • 8. Middle Class inmaking hingeson:China’s long-term economicdevelopment
  • 9. Middle Class in making hinges on:Future prospect of uneven regional developmentSource:http://www.colorado.edu/geography/class_homepages/geog_1982_f06/regional_development.jpg
  • 10. Middle Class inmaking hingeson:Social stability United voice ... demonstrators protest against alleged pollution from a paper factory in Qidong, near Shanghai. Photograph: Peter Parks/Getty URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/aug/21/environm ent-activists-china-pollution-protest