China in the Global South
I have maintained ongoing research interests in China’s increasing investments and projects in the Global South. My article, “Racial Stereotypes and Intergroup Relations in a Transnational Workplace: How Workers Respond to Workplace Inequalities,” won paper awards from the ASA’s section on Organization, Occupation, and Work (honorable mention) and SSSP’s Labor Studies division. I examine the organizational structure and social dynamics in a flagship Chinese state-sponsored hydroelectric project in Ecuador. I highlight how the clash between distinct labor regulation regimes and national development objectives has created unequal labor rights and precarious work conditions. I further demonstrate how workers of different nationalities and racial backgrounds leverage racial stereotypes to make sense of workplace inequalities. I argue that these racialized interactions obscure the underlying logics of capital flows and national discourses, which can ultimately shore up labor segmentation and inequalities that accrue in transnational workplaces.