Protest and Political Geography in Twentieth-Century Shanghai and Bombay

Mark W. Frazier

Venue: Room 1505, 1555 Century Avenue, NYU Shanghai
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 CST

This talk examines the ways in which the political geography of the city and urban contentious politics are mutually constituted and mutually transformative over time. Through a paired historical comparison of Shanghai and Bombay in the twentieth century, Professor Frazier will show how changes in the political geographies of the city influence changes in grievances, claims, and strategies of popular protest. Social relations, inequalities, and political power are inflected in “urban forms”—civic spaces, factory districts, inner-urban neighborhoods, and informal settlements. These urban geographies do not define or determine social relations and political power, but they influence the outlooks and experiences of urban residents, and the grievances of protestors. The empirical focus of the talk will be on contentious forms of urban politics in the two cities during the 1960s, and in the 1990s-early 2000s.

Mark W. Frazier is Professor of Politics at The New School, where he also serves as Academic Director of the India China Institute. His research interests focus on labor and social policy in China, and more recently on political conflict over urbanization, migration, and citizenship in China and India. His forthcoming book, The Power of Place: Contentious Politics in Twentieth Century Shanghai and Bombay (Cambridge University Press, 2019) examines long-term changes in political geographies and patterns of popular protest in the two cities. He is also the author of Socialist Insecurity: Pensions and the Politics of Uneven Development in China (Cornell University Press, 2010) and The Making of the Chinese Industrial Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He is also Co-Editor of the SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (with Weiping Wu, SAGE Publications Limited, 2018). He has authored op-ed pieces and essays for The New York Times, Daedalus, and The Diplomat.

Frazier has been a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations since 2005, and is co-editor of the journal Asia Policy. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in China in 2004-05. Before assuming his current position at The New School in 2012, he held a chaired professorship in Chinese Politics at the University of Oklahoma and was the Luce Assistant Professor in the Political Economy of East Asia at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college in Wisconsin.

Introduction and moderation of the Q&A by Lena Scheen, Assistant Professor of Global China Studies, NYU Shanghai, and Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Asia and the Global China Studies Program, NYU Shanghai.

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