Event Program

Friday, August, 19, 2016
Seattle Central College
Seattle, Washington


Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(Adjacent to the Seattle Central College campus)


Today precarious work presents perhaps the greatest global challenge to worker well-being, and has become a major rallying point for worker mobilization around the world.  This conference focuses on analyzing the growth of precarious employment and informal labor, its consequences for workers and their families, the challenges it poses to worker organizing and collective mobilization, and how workers and other social actors are responding to precariousness. We seek to understand the patterns of social and economic domination of labor shaped by the state, capital, gender, class, age, ethnicity, skills, and citizenship, and examine the manifestations of labor resistance and acquiescence in their specific contexts.


The conference is initiated by the American Sociological Association (ASA)’s Labor and Labor Movements Section, the International Sociological Association (ISA)’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44), and the Chinese Sociological Association’s China Association of Work and Labor (CAWL). It builds in part on an ongoing scholarly exchange between the ASA Labor Section and the CAWL. The conference program will focus on the United States and China, but will include a range of global cases and perspectives. Interdisciplinary approaches and innovative research methods are welcomed.


Conference Sponsors:


ASA Labor and Labor Movements Section

China Association of Work and Labor

International Sociological Association Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44)

Other Sponsors:

ASA Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section

ASA Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section

ASA Political Economy of the World System Section

ASA Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility

Center for Global Workers' Rights, Penn State University

Critical Sociology Journal

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies,

University of Washington

Puffin Foundation

SAGE Publications

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center
Washington State Labor Education & Research Center, South Seattle College West Coast Poverty Center  



Planning Committee Members:

Jon Agnone, University of Washington

Jenny Chan, University of Oxford

Wilma Dunaway, Virginia Tech

David Fasenfest, Wayne State University

Janice Fine, Rutgers University

Elizabeth Ford, Seattle University

Andrew Hedden, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Jasmine Kerrissey, UMass Amherst

Chun-Yi Lee, University of Nottingham

Manjusha Nair, National University of Singapore

Amanda Pullum, Duke University

Chris Rhomberg, Fordham University

Jennie Romich, University of Washington

Jeffrey Rothstein, Grand Valley State University

Brian Serafini, University of Washington

David A. Smith, University of California, Irvine

Chris Tilly, UCLA

Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky, University of Washington

Lu Zhang, Temple University





Funding in part has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.