Title: Toward Post-Western Sociology. The two experiences of the digital work and the environmental mobilizations in France, in China and in Canada
Directors: Laurence Roulleau-Berger and Wen Jun
Status: Ongoing Project
Starting date: 2021
This project aims at implementing a Post-Western sociological approach though the analysis of two major phenomena which characterise Eastern and Western contemporary societies, namely migration, digital work and economic transnationalism (work package 1), and the making of environmental communities and youth’s mobilization (work package 2). Work package 1 investigates the link between work, economic transnationalism and platform capitalism through the case study of the performance of digital work and labour by high-skilled and low-skilled migrants in China, France and Canada. Work package two investigates the link between the new novel environmental risks and the making of novel forms of collective mobilization amongst the youth in China and in France. It questions the emergence of novel public arenas and of practices of interactional citizenship inside renewed environmental communities. Theoretically, this project aims at producing Post-Western theory through the definition of shared analytical concepts between Eastern and Western scholars. Epistemologically, it contributes to the decentering and renewal of universalisms originating in Eastern and Western scientific spaces of academic debate and knowledge-production. Methodologically, it develops innovative tools for empirical investigation through collective and collaborative fieldwork experiences by scholars located in China, France and Canada, and the crossed analysis of the data collected on the three field sites.