CARE&SHARE seminar by Dr. Kang Sun


Manufacturing Identity: Peasant Workers’ Spatial Prodution in China

Date: November 15, 2012 – Thursday

Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM

Venue: CNM Meeting Room, AS6 – 03/33



About the talk

Kang’s research examines the social production of Chinese peasant workers through their experiences in factories for electronic parts manufacturing in Shenzhen, China. While the social production of identity is widely accepted, what constitutes “social” is often vague. In many discussions of identity production, media representations and discursive construction are taken as all there is for a “social” production process of identity.However, by tracing the changes in the laborers’ living and working environment back to their trans-local material formations, Kang demonstrates how the transnational capital production process must be realized through the lived trans-local experience and negotiation of exploitation and domination.

Kang argues that the wage system and the living spaces of the laborers form trans-local territorial structures of exploitation and spatially controlled social reproduction, which participate in a broader possibility of class identity production in its most detailed everyday social material relations.


About the speaker

Dr. Kang Sun received his Ph.D. from the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Ohio in 2012. His dissertation examined how a globalized political economy, the trans-local mobility of people, and the spatial arrangements in cities all participate in the social construction of the identity of peasant workers as China’s new working class. Kang’s primary research interests include health communication, modernization and urbanization, migration, working class, and labor, material and social space, and political economy and development communication.


This is a brown bag seminar, so please feel free to bring along a packed lunch. Further enquiries about the event may be made here.



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