The evolution of labor-capital and labor-state struggles in China’s transformation requires in-depth analysis. On the one hand, hundreds of millions of Chinese rural migrant workers are described in the official derogatory terminology as “low-end” people. On the other hand, they are hailed as “heroes” who tirelessly deliver food, medicine and other vital supplies to homes, hospitals and workplaces all year round, especially during lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Moral and symbolic recognition aside, migrant informal workers and their families are exposed to health risks. They lack fundamental labor protections and urban citizenship rights in the city. Through research, action and policy recommendation, we endeavor to make progressive change.
25 Nov 2021
Armando Chaguaceda (El Colegio de Veracruz, Mexico), Mexico