rite a short essay addressing the following question. This is NOT a research paper but an opportunity for you to do some thoughtful processing to integrate the readings.

Write a short essay addressing the following question. This is NOT a research paper but an opportunity for you to do some thoughtful processing to integrate the readings. Making connections within and across the different course materials and demonstrating your command of some of the critical concepts discussed in class are good ways to do this.

Format:

Citational style is informal, in the following format (authors’ last name, p. #).

Paper length should be 3-4 pages (strictly Minimum 3 FULL pages, Maximum 4 FULL pages), one-inch margin on ALL FOUR sides, double-spaced, Times Roman 12 point font.

On the top left corner write ‘BISGST397 Paper 2′ followed the date in the same line. No other words needed for the title. The page number should be inserted on the right top corner. You must strictly follow this format.

No need for Work Cited/Bibliography (will NOT count as words).

You MUST strictly follow the format requirements.

Question:

One major theme in the "Urbanization and Urban Life" unit is the formation of a new middle class through consumption (in housing, goods such as brand-name clothes, electronics, and expensive foods, hiring baomu etc.) and investment in education to acquire human capital. Based on Zhang’s 2010 book In Search of Paradise, and Fong’s 2004 (Only Hope) and 2011 (Paradise Redefined) books, discuss how this new middle class is formed in urban China, the cost of the formation of this "modern" middle-class identity both at the individual level and the societal level. And finally how this process intensified social stratification in post-Socialist urban China.

Critical concepts recommended for use:

— suzhi

— social stratification

— human capital

— neoliberalism

— modernity

Only use the terms when you feel you understand what they mean and when they are useful analytical tools to write the paper.

IMPORTANT: Writer, actually I just want you to focus on the PDF files [(a). Zhangs’ 2010 book – In Search of Paradise, (b). Fongs’ 2004 book – Only Hope and (c). Fongs’ 2011 book – Paradise Redefined] I provided, and please use them as the resource references as well (which means that NO any outside source needed besides these PDF files, and that is why I put 3 as the number of sources/references). Please follow the instruction and requirements in the description column that this paper needs.


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