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Hung Lecture: Reproduction-driven labour migration from China
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Why do Chinese workers pay up to $8000 agent fees to leave the rising global economic centre, for dead-end jobs overseas? Labour out-migration from China has become driven by needs in social reproduction. Instead of being compelled by unemployment or poverty, people migrate to accumulate savings quickly to buy houses, get married, pay for their children’s education, and arrange medical and social care. These activities sustain and enhance life on a daily and generational basis, and constitute “social reproduction.” Reproduction-driven labour migration results from the monetization of reproduction activities in China, and in turn makes migrants more vulnerable.

Biao Xiang
Professor of Social Anthropology, Oxford University; Director, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

Jun 8, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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