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By Ching Kwan Lee

This examine opens a serious standpoint at the sluggish dying of socialism and the rebirth of capitalism within the world's such a lot dynamic and populous kingdom. in keeping with notable fieldwork and wide interviews in chinese language cloth, clothing, equipment, and loved ones equipment factories, Against the legislation finds a emerging tide of work unrest ordinarily hidden from the world's awareness. supplying a extensive political and monetary research of this exertions fight including fine-grained ethnographic aspect, the ebook portrays the chinese language operating type as workers' tales spread in bankrupt country factories and worldwide sweatshops, in crowded dormitories and distant villages, at highway protests in addition to in quiet disenchantment with the corrupt officialdom and the fledgling criminal procedure.

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It has been argued that in return for popular acquiescence to its authoritarian rule, the regime guarantees stable employment and welfare services. 32 In brief, if under capitalism worker grievances arise primarily from the realm of production, under state socialism it is the system of redistribution that is pivotal. Either way, these theories explain worker politics by appealing to their material interests conceived as derived from some systemic nature of either capitalism or state socialism, which, in turn, are thought of as political economies with certain coherent logics and tendencies.

Giving short shrift to the historical or theoretical conditions for the emergence, mode of mobilization, and dynamics of rightful resistance, O’Brien and Li fail both to illuminate the specific conflict of interest between different levels of the state and to connect the modes of accumulation and legitimation to the constitution of interests and action modes among the resisters. This book moves beyond the simplistic, stark contrast between interpretations of the Chinese state as either developmental or predatory and rejects the view that the state is a singular and insulated motor of change.

This residential pattern facilitates communication and the aggregation of interests, especially at the moment of labor conflict. A major difference between the two types of communities, however, is that state workers’ residence survives the termination of their employment, in contrast to the itinerant status of migrant workers, whose residence in the cities is contingent on their employment. Thus, labor struggles in the northeast have the potential to last for longer periods, up to several years in some cases, than in the south.

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