East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks: Joel Andreas - "Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China" - Virtual Event

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Joel Andreas

Joel Andreas will discuss Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China. He will be joined in conversation by Jake Werner.

Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies


About the book: In the decades following World War II, factories in many countries not only provided secure employment and a range of economic entitlements, but also recognized workers as legitimate stakeholders, enabling them to claim rights to participate in decision making and hold factory leaders accountable. In recent decades, as employment has become more precarious, these attributes of industrial citizenship have been eroded and workers have increasingly been reduced to hired hands. As Joel Andreas shows in Disenfranchised, no country has experienced these changes as dramatically as China. Drawing on a decade of field research, including interviews with both factory workers and managers, Andreas traces the changing political status of workers inside Chinese factories from 1949 to the present, carefully analyzing how much power they have actually had to shape their working conditions.

About the author: Joel Andreas is Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His first book, Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Rise of China's New Class, analyzed the contentious merger of old and new elites following the 1949 Revolution.

About the interlocutor: Jake Werner is a Post-Doctoral Global China Research Fellow at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center). He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, after which he taught social theory and Chinese history as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago Society of Fellows. At the GDP Center, Jake researches the emergence of the great power conflict between the US and China following the 2008 financial crisis and explores how new strategies for global development could resolve those tensions.

About CEAS: The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and its three Committees — the Committee on Japanese Studies, the Committee on Chinese Studies, and the Committee on Korean Studies — work to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and abroad, and to foster communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the community of professors and students at the University of Chicago and throughout the wider East Asian Studies community.

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