Faculty

Ching Kwan Lee


Professor


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Contact Information

Email    cklee@soc.ucla.edu
Office  270 Haines Hall
Phone  310-206-2691
I am a sociologist with wide-ranging interests:

work, globalization, political sociology, development of the global south, comparative ethnography, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and Africa. One of my current research projects examines the rise of “platform capitalism” in China and its impact on state-capital relation, employment, and workers’ new imaginations of work and working lives. Another on-going project traces the historical trajectories and contemporary forms of grassroots politics in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Previously, I have published three monographs on China, forming a trilogy of Chinese capitalism through the lens of labor and working class experiences. Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (1998) documents the organization of gender and work in factory regimes in Hong Kong and Shenzhen when South China first emerged as the workshop of the world. Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (2007) chronicles the unmaking and making of the Chinese working class in two regional economies experiencing the death of socialism and the rise of capitalism respectively in one country. The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa (2017) follows the footsteps of Chinese state investors to Zambia and compares its relation with African state and labor to other global private investors.

 

Degrees

PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Awards

 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2013-14

National Science Foundation Grant, 2010-2013

2008 Sociology of Labor Book Award, American Sociological Association, Labor and Labor Movement Section (for Against the Law)

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Member, 2006-7

Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Fellow 2003-4

Best Book Award, American Sociological Association, Asia and Asian American Section, 1999 (for Gender and the South China Miracle)

Selected Publications

Books

1. The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa. U of Chicago Press, 2017.

2. Against the Law: Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt (UC Press, 2007):(Sociology of Labor Book Award 2008, American Sociological Association; finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, SSSP)

3. Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: Politics and Poetics of Collective Memory in Reform China (Stanford U Press, 2007, edited with Guobin Yang):

4. Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation (Routledge 2007, edited):

5. Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (UC Press 1998) : (American Sociological Association, Asia and Asian American Section Best Book Award 2000; Best Book Award, Labor Section of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1999)

6. Reclaiming Chinese Society: the New Social Activism. London: Routledge (Co-edited with You-tien Hsing, 2009)

7. From Iron Rice Bowls to Informalization: Markets, State and Workers in a Changing China. Cornell University Press (Co-edited with Sarosh Kuruvilla and Mary Gallagher, 2011)

 

Articles

"Precarization or Empowerment? Reflections on Recent Labor Unrest in China," Journal of Asian Studies, 75(2): 317-333, 2016.

"The Specter of Global China" New Left Review no. 89, Sept-Oct 2014, pp.29-65.

"State and Social Protest in China" Daedalus 143(2), Spring 2014, pp. 124-134.

"The Power of Instability: Unraveling the Microfoundations of Bargained Authoritarianism in China" American Journal of Sociology 118(6): 1476-1508, 2013.

"The Politics of Precarity: Views Beyond the United States" Work and Occupations 39(4): 388-408, 2012 (co-authored with Yelizavetta Kofman)

"Remaking the World of Chinese Labor: A Thirty Year Retrospective" British Journal of Industrial Relations, September. (co-authored with Eli Friedman) vol. 48 (3), September, 2010, pp. 3-17.

"Raw Encounters: Chinese Managers, African Workers and the Politics of Casualization in Africa's Chinese Enclaves" The China Quarterly 199, September 2009, pp. 647-666.

"Engendering the Worlds of Labor: Women Workers, Labor Markets and Production Politics in the South China Economic Miracle," American Sociological Review vol. 60(3): 378-397, 1995

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Directed Research in Sociology

Working Group in Sociology

2018 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Contemporary China

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Working Group in Sociology

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2017 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Contemporary China

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Working Group in Sociology

2016 Fall Quarter

Ethnographic Fieldwork

2016 Spring Quarter

Sociology of Contemporary China

Undergraduate Seminar: Sociology of Globalization

Special Topics in Sociology

2016 Winter Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar: Sociology of Globalization

Ethnographic Fieldwork

2015 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Contemporary China

Ethnographic Fieldwork

2013 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2013 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Contemporary China

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2012 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Analyzing Ethnographies

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2012 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Contemporary China

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

Special Topics in Sociology

2011 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2011 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

Special Topics in Sociology

2011 Winter Quarter

China's Rise: Critical Issues and Global Implications

State and Society in China

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2010 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2010 Spring Quarter

State and Society in China

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Working Group in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2009 Fall Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2009 Spring Quarter

State and Society in China

Special Topics in Sociology

Previous Courses by Course

SOCIOL 295
Working Group in Sociology

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 217C
Ethnographic Fieldwork

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 181A
Sociology of Contemporary China

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 217B
Ethnographic Fieldwork

2016 Fall Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 191F
Undergraduate Seminar: Sociology of Globalization

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 285A
Special Topics in Sociology

2016 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 191V
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 237
Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 217A
Analyzing Ethnographies

2012 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 285D
Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 181
State and Society in China

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

HNRS 163
China's Rise: Critical Issues and Global Implications

2011 Winter Quarter