Assembling the New China: Labor Brokerage
The growth of the Greater Bay Area in South China is still heavily reliant on the access to cheap labor. This seminar examines the role of labor brokers in shaping rural-urban labor migration in China.
Design by Katharine Gill. Photos: Sean Foley & Nabeel Hussain, Unsplash.
International time: 21:00 Beijing, 15:00 Oslo, 09:00 Washington DC.
Julia Chuang’s presentation is based on her book Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market (University of California Press 2020). Xinrong Ma will give the talk “Runaway Nora” : Liangshan Yi women workers in co-ethnic brokerage system, on gender and ethnic Yi labor brokerage.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the transformation of rural China and its implications for China's economic development. She has published articles on land politics and China's shift from labor-intensive manufacturing to land-intensive urbanization. Her recent book, Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market, was published by UC Press in 2020.
Dr Ma is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science, School of Government, Sun Yat-Sen University, China. She holds a PhD in Chinese Studies is from the Institute of Area Study, Leiden University. She has published several journal articles on the theme of ethnic minority labor migration and citizenship and is the author of the PhD thesis 'Entrapment by Consent': The Co-ethnic Brokerage System among Ethnic Yi Labor Migrants in China (“合意的圈套” : 彝族打工者的劳务中介).
Dr Zhou is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Oslo and will chair the seminar. She completed an MSc in Sociology and PhD in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford (2020). She previously taught at Sciences Po Paris.
Heidi Østbø Haugen
The seminar series is hosted by Heidi Østbø Haugen, professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. She heads the ERC-funded project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex).
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The seminar is organized as part of the project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex). The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 802070).