Lecture: "Working for Walmart in China: Outsourcing, Gender and Retail Service Floor Struggles" Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12 – 1:30pm
Lecture: "Working for Walmart in China: Outsourcing, Gender and Retail Service Floor Struggles"
Campus Location:International Center
Room:3119
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Cost:Free
Contact Email:slivory@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-3046
Event Type:Forums, Discussions and Information Sessions, Free Events, Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:East Asian Studies Program
Sponsored by:Department of Sociology, UC Davis Humanities Institute, Global Affairs

Eileen Otis (Ph.D., sociology, '03)
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon

The dominance of Walmart — heralded as a “new template for global capitalism” — has brought degraded work conditions and wages for workers in factories and on retail sales floors in the U.S. and around the world. The firm is rapidly expanding its operations in China, where it runs more than 400 stores.

In this talk, University of Oregon sociologist and UC Davis alumna Eileen Otis takes the perspective of Walmart's retail employees as a starting point to show the profound effect that China is having on the way that the firm conducts business.

Otis studies gender, class and ethnic politics of new labor practices within China's emergent urban service sector. She is the author of Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work and the Making of Inequality in China (Stanford University Press 2011).

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