Co-hosted with NYSEAN – New York Southeast Asia Network
Recording of the online book launch “Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand”, written by NIAS Director and NYSEAN Co-founder Duncan McCargo and recently published by Cornell University Press.
In this online book launch, the author engaged in a conversation with two US-based scholars – Tyrell Haberkorn of the University of Wisconsin Madison, and Frank Munger of New York Law School – both of whom have done extensive research on the Thai justice system. At the end of the event, a few questions from the audience were discussed too.
Virtual Book Talk on the book Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China by Joel Andreas, Professor at the Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University. 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.