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Inequality in Maoist China (1949-1976): An Intersectional Approach

Felix Wemheuer, University of Cologne

When the Chinese communists came into power in 1949, they promised to “turn society upside down.” and to create a truly egalitarian society in the future. However, the state established systems of classification by class, ethnicity, gender and urban/rural divide among the population that created new forms of inequality. Felix Wemheuer focuses on intersectional hierarchies to understand the social history of Maoist China in a new way. Last but not least, Wemheuer will explain why policies of “affirmative action” based on class and ethnicity failed in Maoist China.


April 17, 2019


Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Weyertal 59
50937 Köln