The Zeal for Equality As a Way Toward Social Justice: Context and Practices in China

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:00
Location: Hörsaal 34 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Rong HE, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
This study starts with an interesting question, i.e., how can the strong claim for equality go together with a significant gap between poor and rich without any large scale riot or resentment in China? The author will comb through Confucian tenets of equality, the legal practice of land allotment, to show that other than the “veil of ignorance” set by Rawls, the Chinese context for fair play is communal, inter-personal and outcome-focused.