演讲人：Gilles Guiheux, Professor, Paris Diderot University (France), Department of Oriental Studies
Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), former researcher and director of the French Research Center on Contemporary China (HK).
研究方向:economic sociology of contemporary China
This presentation questions the conditions of production in the Chinese garment industry and the role played by migrant workers. There are not international migrants but internal migrants coming from poor rural areas to more advanced cities. They share with the former a desire for upward social mobility and their exposure to discriminations. The paper argues that, although in China as elsewhere, garment workers work in difficult conditions for low wages, they are not simply passive victims of an oppressive employment system. This contribution is based on the trajectory of three siblings, met in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. Their professional path are related to the characteristics of the industry, composed of a multitude of small and medium-sized family businesses.