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dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, Tom
dc.descriptionVideo of full lecture with presentation slides edited into the video.en_US
dc.description.abstractTom McDonald, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hong Kong University - Scholars of Chinese society have predominantly regarded the region’s money to represent an unusually “social” artefact. The dramatic proliferation of “digital money” services within Chinese social media platforms in the last decade would seem to further confirm the social character of Chinese money. I present a comparison of the diverse views held by migrant factory workers in Shenzhen towards different digital payment platforms which, however, suggests that rather than digital money necessarily being more or less social, different platforms instead extend the possibilities of sociality in varying ways. I argue that acknowledging the production of such novel working-class subjectivities through digital money ought to be central to efforts to assess the potential of these technologies for addressing the social, institutional and economic exclusions faced by Chinese migrant labourers. This in turn can enrich our understanding of the emergence of a new “digital working-class” in China, by revealing how such contemporary working-class subjectivities are shifting, contextual and processual in nature.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCornell East Asia Programen_US
dc.publisherEast Asia Program, Cornell Universityen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectEast Asiaen_US
dc.subjectdigital moneyen_US
dc.subjectworking classen_US
dc.title“Social” Money and Working-class Subjectivities: Digital Money and Migrant Labour in Shenzhen, Chinaen_US
dc.typevideo/moving imageen_US
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