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Deep Dive Fall 2019

Deep Dive Fall 2019

Lecture: Incompatible Rights: Gendered Work-Family Conflict under Changing Population Control Programs in Contemporary Urban China

Speaker: Dr. Yun Zhou, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
Time: November 21, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Hatcher Gallery Lab (100 Hatcher Graduate Library)

Free and Open to the Public
Light refreshment will be provided.

Work-family conflict is one of the central foci in gender inequality scholarship. Existing research has mostly considered the conflict as an incompatibility of commitments predominantly experienced by women. In this talk, I capitalize on China’s termination of the one-child policy in 2016, and introduce individuals’ perceived incompatibility of rights as another key dimension. Using a mixed-methods design that combines national surveys and in-depth interviews, I demonstrate that individuals espousing gender egalitarian beliefs, which emphasize women’s right to work over the primacy of women’s roles as wives and mothers, more strongly support the state’s role in limiting births. This support is underlain by the perception and experience that for women, work and family are incompatible beyond competing commitments: The expansion of individuals’ right to parent is viewed as at the expense of women’s right to work. Three interlocking forces underscore individuals’, particularly women’s, perception and experience of work-family conflict as an incompatibility of rights: 1) Macro-level reproductive and family policies that view women foremost as mothers and caregivers, from a state that exerts strong power over its citizens; 2) Meso-level discriminatory labor market conditions with limited recourse for claims-making; and 3) Micro-level gendered division of care work and normative expectations of women’s and men’s roles and responsibilities in marriage, procreating, and parenting.

Workshop: Mixed-Methods Research in Chinese Studies

Speaker: Dr. Yun Zhou, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
Time: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Hatcher Gallery Lab (100 Hatcher Graduate Library)

A light lunch will be provided. The classroom is equipped with laptops, but please feel free to bring your own.

Registration required, please click HERE to register if you are a U-M affiliate.

Non-U-M registrants should email Liangyu Fu at

Digital Scholarship Workshop Travel Grants: A limited number of travel grants are available to non-U-M affiliates in Chinese studies who wish to attend the workshop. Please note that the travel grant can be used to attend both the lecture and the workshop, but are dependent on scholars registering for and attending the workshop. For more information on the travel grants and how to apply, please click HERE.

Mixed-methods research has increasingly gained traction across the social sciences. In this workshop, we will discuss the logic, implementations, and challenges of using multiple methods and data sources in studying China-related questions and writing for a diverse audience. We will also explore potential data sources and problem-solve together. This workshop will build around practical and interactive discussions. Participants are highly encouraged to bring questions and/or their best practices to share.

Yun Zhou is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Zhou’s research examines social inequality and state-market-family relations through the lens of gender, marriage, and fertility. Her work combines statistical analysis of survey data, in-depth interviews, and agent-based computational models. Her current project investigates the intended and unintended consequences of China's recent ending of the one-child policy.

The “Deep Dive” series is co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) and the Asia Library, and is co-directed by Mary Gallagher (Professor of Political Science and Director of LRCCS) and Liangyu Fu (Chinese Studies Librarian, Asia Library). Question about the series? Please email Liangyu Fu at