Societies of the World 29: Inequality and Society in 21st Century East Asia


East Asian economies burst onto the center stage of global capitalism in the late 20th century.  How were the lives of ordinary people in this part of the world affected?  Who has gained and lost in the process of economic development?  We will use ethnography as well as "hard data" to study these questions in Japan, South Korea, and China and, in the process, to gain familiarity with how social scientists study social and economic inequality.