Scott Moskowitz

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Scott Moskowitz is a sociologist and ethnographer whose work focusses on the emergence of the Chinese middle class. He completed his PhD in sociology at Princeton University in 2021 and is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation, State, Street, Store: The Development of the Chinese Middle Class. Attempting to answer the question “What does it mean to be middleclass in China, and more broadly, in the age of globalization?” this long-ranging ethnographic project draws on nearly a decade of field work in China, examining the interplay of consumption, class, and identity formation under authoritarian governance, as a rising China attempts to overcome the middle-income trap and assume a place of influence on the world stage. Scott’s work sits at the intersection of political, cultural, and economic sociology, as well as class, inequality, and development studies, and examines everything from symbolic consumption at major international retailers, to the emergent Chinese adventure travel industry, as well as the discursive legacies of Marxism and their effects on developmental thinking. A recording of a recent talk he gave on his research at Princeton’s Center for Migration and Development can be found here.