China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

140 - Labor and Technology in China’s Digital Transformation

7/7/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Maple, Lower Ground Floor

What are the new opportunities for working people in a more diversified economy driven by digital technologies and private investment? Service sector employment, including information and knowledge-based services, is projected to grow to over half of the Chinese labor force (52.9 percent) in 2021-2025 and further to 59 percent in 2026-2030. The service sector is characterized by extreme disparities of income and job security, with many service sector workers relegated to low-tech, low-end, part-time, and insecure jobs. By contrast, a small elite of knowledge workers, notably IT professionals and creatives, receive growing premiums in a digital age. The polarization of labor is deepened by the growth of non-standard work arrangements (temporary, contract, part-time, and on-demand work). The chair and panelists are committed to stimulating discussion of the impact of new global digital services and mobile technologies, including the transformations of gender relations and labor rights in light of changing employment patterns. This panel includes four presentations from multiple disciplines of sociology, social development, digital media and communication studies. We explore the possibilities and obstacles to improved working conditions, digital activism, and labor organizing in China and beyond.

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Jenny Chan

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Jenny Chan

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Jenny Chan

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Yujie Chen

The University of Leicester, United Kingdom

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Shuwan Zhang

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

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Sophie Ping Sun

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

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