Yao Lu wins two ASA awards for article on migration and collective action in rural China

February 10, 2020

Professor Yao Lu, Associate Professor of Sociology, has received two prestigious awards from the American Sociological Association (ASA) for her recent publication on migration and collective action in rural China.

The article, titled “Empowerment or Disintegration? Migration, Social Institutions, and Collective Action in Rural China,” won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award from both the Political Sociology Section and the Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section of ASA. The paper also received the Louis Wirth Best Article Award Honorable Mention at the International Migration Section of ASA.

Professor Lu’s article, which was published in the November 2019 issue of the American Journal of Sociology, “integrates literature on social movements and migration to examine how migration shapes both the cognitive and social foundations of collective action in origin communities. Using longitudinal data and in-depth interviews from rural China, the author finds that outward migration spurs collective resistance in origin communities and shapes the form and scale of collective action.”

WEAI congratulates Professor Lu and thanks her for her contribution to the fields of sociology and East Asian studies!

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