Building Deservingness and Fairness: How Chinese State Crafts the Social Legitimacy of Its New Welfare Schemes
In October 2021, Dr Yan Wang was invited to speak at the School of Sociology, Shanghai University, to discuss her research on pension policy and deservingness building in China.
The talk mainly focused on the state's role in social welfare and what actions it might take to help promote changes in welfare policies. During the discussion, Dr Wang also discussed the issue of using machine learning in social science studies.
An extract from Dr Wang’s research abstract says: “By fleshing out the use of discourse, differences in sentiment, and the positioning of priorities when the large-scale welfare retrenchment was conducted in China, this article investigated the state’s construction of social legitimation of its new pension schemes. More specifically, on the questions such as what is appreciated and condemned, what is the virtue desired of a ‘good and responsible citizen’, what should citizens expect to get from the government when faced with such social risks as unemployment, illness and ageing and so on.”