Speaking Event: Worker Resistance and Capitalist Development in China with Eli Friedman

When & Where
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue (two blocks from Ashby BAR
Berkeley, CA 94705
May 13, 2014 - 6:30pm
510 849 2568


What sorts of possibilities and limits exist for proletarian politics in China? Over the past several years, migrant worker unrest has gone from defensive to offensive and we have witnessed the emergence of new political and social demands. These changes must be understood within the context of rapidly evolving political and economic conditions – especially the central state’s attempt to “rebalance” the economy.

Eli Friedman (assistant professor of International and Compartaive Labor at Cornell University, and author of the forthcoming book “Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Post-Socialist China) will draw on examples of recent wildcat strikes and other protests by migrant workers to illustrate these dynamics.

This is a FREE event