Yu (Rachel) Guo
I am interested in social theories, especially the individual-society/agency-structure debate.
In terms of substantive research areas, I focus on rural migrant workers in China.
My dissertation research is based on a one-year fieldwork with the rural migrant workers in two manufacturing factories in East China. Coming from a Marxist and more structuralist theoretical backgrounds, I designed my research in such a way that I remained open to the rural migrant workers' subjective thoughts and actions. Right now I am working on finding a way to sythesize the rich data on rural migrant workers' agency and my original structural concerns of domination and inequality.
At the same time, I have been publishing media articles based on some stories I collected in the field. They also have one consistent theme: the rural migrant workers' rich agency.
- Social theory
- Rural migrant workers in China
- World system
Department of Sociology