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Call for Papers: China's Work and Labor in the Era of Industrial Transition and Globalization Crisis

Labor relations in transitional China have been a core issue in contemporary Chinese and global sociology. Since the early 2000s, sociologists around the world have studied Chinese working conditions and labor process, workers’ organizations and culture, and labor-rights protection when China was becoming the world factory. Recently, however, significant changes have taken place in both Chinese and international political economy, such as industrial upgrading and restructuring, technological innovation, and the seeming de-globalization, all of which are leading to a new chapter for studying China’s work and labor. In response to those new structural changes, the Journal of Chinese Sociology (JCS), sponsored by the Institute of Sociology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, hereby calls for papers from sociologists and social scientists at home and abroad.

Theme: China's Work and Labor in the Era of Industrial Transition and Globalization Crisis

We are looking for papers on the following topics (including but not limited to):

  1. Employment and labor issues caused by industrial relocation to other countries and Chinese inland
  2. Manufacturing employment and labor issues raised by technological changes such as artificial intelligence, robot, and the Internet
  3. Organization and labor of traditional, emerging, and atypical service jobs against the background of the digital economy
  4. Work and labor issues closely related to minority groups, international migrants, and gender in China
  5. Employment and labor issues in Chinese rural and urbanized rural areas
  6. The responses of human resources/labor market organizations to the labor demand caused by technological changes and industrial restructuring
  7. The role and behavior of the local government in regulating labor relations, such as job upgrading and creation, employment outsourcing, labor legislation and inspection, and labor-rights protection
  8. Participation of mass organizations, social organizations, and workers in labor relations governance in the new context of industrial upgrading
  9. Problems in the social reproduction of labor caused by changes in employment and work, such as family and housing, education and upbringing, mental and physical health, social interaction and networking, and subcultural formation

Scholars who are interested in submitting articles need to send the title and abstract (both Chinese and English are acceptable, less than 1500 words) to before July 31, 2020.

The Journal of Chinese Sociology (JCS) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal sponsored by the Institute of Sociology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and published by the world-renowned publisher Springer Nature. As Chinese mainland's first English-language journal in sociology, JCS strives to build a first-rate international platform for academic exchange and collaboration between Chinese sociologist and their oversea peers.

Until May, 2020, the Journal has published 117 articles. It has attracted a truly international community of authors and readers. Researchers from more than 20 countries around the world, including China, the US, Canada, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Mexico, etc., submitted their works to JCS. The number of downloads of published articles increased from 1404 in 2014 to 98,838 in 2019.

Papers recently published in JCS:

Market disputes and government intervention: an explanatory framework of risk transformation

Class structure and income inequality in transitional China

Investigating the longitudinal interrelationship between housework time and market earnings: disentangling between-person from within-person effects

Cultural reproduction or cultural mobility? Unequal education achievement among Chinese college students

School of golden touch? A study of school effectiveness in improving student academic performance

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