Working for Walmart in China: Outsourcing, Gender and Retail Service Floor Struggles

Event Date: 

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 4080

Prof. Eileen Otis

In 2002 Walmart became the first retailer to reach the top of the Fortune 500, replacing car manufacturer General Motors. It is now heralded as a “new template for global capitalism,” representing a fundamental shift in the economy resulting in the degradation of work conditions and wages in both factories and retail stores.  China is now at the center of Walmart’s global retail expansion: The firm now operates over 400 stores across the country. Taking the perspective of its retail employees as a starting point, I show the profound effects of China’s institutional, social and cultural infrastructures on Walmart.