A BILLION WORKERS STRONG: LABOR RESISTANCE IN CHINA
August 26, 7:00pm - The Brooklyn Commons
China has undoubtedly been the most dynamic center of capitalist accumulation over the past generation. But this explosive growth has also generated staggering inequality and social polarization.
What are the political underpinnings of China’s economic “miracle”? Workers and peasants have been subject to brutal forms of exploitation, dispossession, and precarity — but they have also been fighting back.
What are the dynamics of this resistance, and how is the state responding to widespread social insurgency? What sorts of political limits and contradictions have emerged with more recent attempts to “rebalance” the economy away from wage repression and export processing and towards higher value added production and domestic consumption?
And what potential does social insurgency in China hold for creating a more just and equitable society?
This public event co-sponsored by RLS-NYC and Jacobin Magazine features:
Eli Friedman is the author of “Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China” (2014). He teaches at Cornell University.
Julia Chuang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. During her doctoral research, she conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork following rural migrants and their labor brokers across China.
Esther Wang is a New York City-based community organizer, communications strategist, and writer.
August 26, 2014, 7:00-8:30pm
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Free admission. Followed by a reception.
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