May 2, Elena Obukhova, “Switching sides: Market transition and job-referring in China”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

 

 “Switching sides: Market transition and job-referring in China”

 

Elena Obukhova

Assistant Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management

McGill University

4:30-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

*Light refreshments will be served*

Abstract

The existing research on referrers, or those who pass of information about job opportunities to potential job-seekers, poses an important question: when do referrers refer in the interests of their employer (the demand side) as opposed to the interests of their family and friends (the supply side)?  To answer this question we examine how market development shapes job-referring behavior.  Using a large-scale nationally representative dataset with a unique module on job-referring behavior, we show that the transition from a planned to a market economy in China is associated with a decline in job-referring in the interests of family and friends.  Additional analyses reveal that the development of formal labor market intermediaries that act as substitutes for job-referrals is one mechanism that accounts for this decline.  Our results have implications for our understanding of a) conflicting roles of job-referrers and b) labor market networks in transition economies.

About the Speaker

Elena Obukhova is an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Her research investigates when and how social networks benefit individuals and organizations, with a particular focus on China. Her studies tackle these questions by developing unique datasets primarily through the use of survey methods. Professor Obukhova was trained as an economic sociologist at the University of Chicago. Her work has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, Social Forces, and other journals. She is a recipient of Fullbright-Hays Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and two Fellowships from the Social Science Research Council. A native of Russia, Professor Obukhova is professionally fluent in Mandarin and has been conducting research in China since 1995. At McGill, she is a co-organizer of Social Networks Working Group.

* To learn more about the workshop and see the full Spring 2017 schedule, please visit: Spring Schedule

Faculty sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology), Dali Yang(Political Science) and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

 

 

April 25, Ian Johnson, “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

in partnership with The Seminary Co-op Bookstores

 “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao”

Ian Johnson

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Writer

Accredited China correspondent for The New York Times

6:00-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

About the Book

The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Pantheon/Knopf in the US and Penguin in the UK, both on April 11, 2017) tells the story of one of the world’s great spiritual revivals. Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches and mosques–as well as cults, sects and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty–over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is still searching for new guideposts.

About the Author

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing and Berlin, where he also teaches and advises academic journals and think tanks.

* To see the full Spring 2017 schedule, please visit: Spring Schedule

Faculty sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology),  Dali Yang (Political Science),  and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

 

 

April 18, Li Dong, “Paths to Professionalization: Medical and legal experts in early twentieth-century China.”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

 Paths to Professionalization: Medical and legal experts in early twentieth-century China.”

Li Dong

PhD student, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

4:30-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

*Light refreshments will be served*

Abstract

During this workshop session, I will be discussing my dissertation project. It is a comparative study of the emergence of two modern professions, law and medicine, in late Qing and early Republican China. As my work attempts to identify and explain the causes for two distinct models of professionalization in a late-developing context, it will touch upon issues such as the rise of university education in China, the early waves of Chinese students studying abroad, the first Chinese professional associations, the efforts towards state building in law and healthcare, and the various forms of professional competition.

About the Speakers

Li Dong is a 5th year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at University of Chicago. He is interested in sociology of professions and organizational studies, among others.

* To see the full Spring 2017 schedule, please visit: Spring Schedule

 

Faculty sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology),  Dali Yang (Political Science),  and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

 

 

April 11, Jianxiong Ge, “Chinese Culture: Its characteristics and historical backgrounds”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

 “Chinese Culture: Its characteristics and historical backgrounds” (in Chinese)

中国文化的历史地理基础

Jianxiong Ge (葛剑雄)

Professor, Institute of Chinese Historical Geography

Fudan University

4:30-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

*Light refreshments will be served*

Introduction

The distinguished Chinese scholar Jianxiong Ge will be visiting the University of Chicago and giving a talk at the East Asia Workshop about China’s historical and cultural changes of the longue durée. This talk will provide the audience with a grasp of the Chinese culture from the perspective of time and space. Please note that the presentation will be given in Chinese.

About the Speaker

Professor Jianxiong Ge is a senior professor of Fudan University who is specializing in Chinese history, population and migration history, and cultural history. He is also the author of Population History of China, History of Migration in China, Unification, and Separation: Perspective of Chinese History and other academic works. Professor Ge holds a Ph.D. degree from Fudan University.

*To see the full Spring 2017 schedule, please visit: Spring 2017

 

Faculty sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology), Dali Yang (Political Science), and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.