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Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance (11/2018)

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Luxemburg Lecture

Topic:

"Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance"

Speaker:

Prof. Lu Zhang PhD, Temple University, Philadelphia

Moderation:

Prof. Dr. Markus Wissen, IPE at the HWR Berlin

China is the world’s largest and fastest-growing automobile manufacturing nation. In her lecture, Lu Zhang will discuss the current conditions, subjectivity, and collective actions of autoworkers, based on years of fieldwork conducted at major auto factories in various regions of China. She will provide an inside look at the daily factory life of autoworkers and a deeper understanding of the roots of rising labour conflicts in China’s automotive industry. Combining empirical data and world-system analysis that moves from the shop floor to national political economy and global industry dynamics, Dr. Zhang will shed light on how labour conflicts in the automotive industry and broader social economy can be expected to develop, both within China and globally.

 

Lu Zhang is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia. Her research concentrates on labor and labor movements, globalization, development, and the political economy of China. She is the author of the award-winning book, Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is currently working on her second book, which explores how the movements of capital interact with labor politics and local development through a comparative case study of the global electronics industry from China’s coastal region to its interior and to Vietnam.

 

Date and time: Friday, November 30, 2018, 6 p.m.

Location: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR), Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Raum B 1.01

 

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