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Book Launch: Precarious Asia

January 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

UNC Professor Arne Kalleberg, UNC Professor Emeritus Kevin Hewison, and Professor Kwang-Yeong Shin of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, launch their latest book, Precarious Asia: Global Capitalism and Work in Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia.

Precarious Asia assesses the role of global and domestic factors in shaping precarious work and its outcomes in Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia as they represent a range of Asian political democracies and capitalist economies: Japan and South Korea are now developed and mature economies, while Indonesia remains a lower-middle income country.

With their established backgrounds in Asian studies, comparative political economy, social stratification and inequality, and the sociology of work, the authors yield compelling insights into the extent and consequences of precarious work, examining the dynamics underlying its rise. By linking macrostructural policies to both the mesostructure of labor relations and the microstructure of outcomes experienced by individual workers, they reveal the interplay of forces that generate precarious work, and in doing so, synthesize historical and institutional analyses with the political economy of capitalism and class relations. This book reveals how precarious work ultimately contributes to increasingly high levels of inequality and condemns segments of the population to chronic poverty and many more to livelihood and income vulnerability.

These three authors will be joined by Jenny Wai-Ling Chan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) as a respondent to raise questions about the book, how it fits into the current state of social science, and why this is important for Asian Studies more broadly.

This event will take place over Zoom.

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January 18, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Carolina Asia Center
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