Current Institutional Affiliation
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2004
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Sociology, Harvard University
The Impacts of Global Labor-Rights Movements: Focusing on Vietnam`s Footwear and Garment Industries

I propose to study the impact of the global labor-rights movements from the perspective of workers and managers in factories, focusing on the footwear and garment industries in Vietnam. While much has been written on the tactics of the movements and the role of the state that have enabled the labor-rights groups to gain concessions from multinational corporations, little has been known about how much change the movements have made for the workers that produce for the world market, let alone how such changes have come about at the level of factories. This research takes firms as a unit of analysis. Through in-depth interviews with both workers and managers, it investigates specific changes in its policies towards workers and interactions with buyers and other relevant social actors. By taking a "bottom-up" view of how workers and managers in the factories perceive and cope with the set of changes stemming from the movements, it will uncover the other side of the global labor-rights movements.