Social Research and Worker Empowerment in China

  • Chan, J. (Invited speaker)
  • Armando Chaguaceda (Other)
  • Maria Isabel Puerta Riera (Other)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


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.
Period25 Nov 2021
Held atArmando Chaguaceda (El Colegio de Veracruz, Mexico), Mexico
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • China
  • Social research
  • Research methods
  • Ethnography
  • Labor studies
  • Democracy
  • Labor rights