2012 Asia Lecture -- International Labour Recruitment in China
Nov 5, 2012, 2:30-5PM
Xiang Biao, a social anthropologist from the University of Oxford, gives this annual lecture on International Labour Recruitment, Transnational Governance & State-Citizen Relations in China. He will trace how commercial labor recruiters gain a dominant position in cultivating, facilitating and controlling migration. These intermediaries render themselves indispensable both for migrating workers and for the states seeking to make order from migration. The intermediary trap is thus more dynamic and complex than a simple “capture” by identifiable interest groups and is deeply implicated in changing state-citizen relations in China. Rooted in Chinese and other Asian states’ agenda to liberalize socioeconomic life without compromising sovereign power, the intermediary trap may become a worldwide phenomenon with the resurgence of state power alongside a continuing neoliberal hegemony beyond Asia.