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January 25, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Sarah Swider


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Sarah Swider, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wayne State University

Building China: Migrant Workers in China’s Construction Industry

February 7, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk presents three prevalent employment arrangements among migrant workers in the informal sector of China’s construction industry. It shows how each employment arrangement is characterized by specific mechanisms that channel migrants into a segmented informal labor market and shapes their lives on and off the jobsite.

Sarah Swider is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University. She received her PhD in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University. Most of her research is focused on understanding labor in a global perspective. She has looked at transnational labor cooperation, seeking to understand different forms of cooperation, conditions under which cooperation was likely, and factors that influence the outcome. Her recent research looks at the migrant labor workforce which has developed as part of China’s integration into the global economy. Specifically, she completed a study based on more than a year of extensive ethnographic field research in China focused on migrant construction workers in the informal labor market. On the macro-level, it shows how these migrants, who have limited citizenship, are spatially, socially, and economically integrated into China’s global cities. On the micro level, the study identifies mechanisms that channel migrants into a segmented informal labor market and shapes the labor process. This research is completed and is currently being worked into a book manuscript and several articles.

Posted by zzhu at January 25, 2012 01:07 PM