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Title: The making of a new working class? A study of collective actions of migrant workers in South China
Authors: Chan, CKC
Pun, N 
Keywords: Collective action
Labor market
Labor participatio
Labor relations
Migrant worker
Proletarianization
Trade union
Workplace
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: China quarterly, June 2009, v. 198, p. 287-303 How to cite?
Journal: China quarterly 
Abstract: In this study, we argue that the specific process of the proletarianization of Chinese migrant workers contributes to the recent rise of labour protests. Most of the collective actions involve workers' conflict with management at the point of production, while simultaneously entailing labour organizing in dormitories and communities. The type of living space, including workers' dormitories and migrant communities, facilitates collective actions organized not only on bases of locality, ethnicity, gender and peer alliance in a single workplace, but also on attempts to nurture workers' solidarity in a broader sense of a labour oppositional force moving beyond exclusive networks and ties, sometimes even involving cross-factory strike tactics. These collective actions are mostly interest-based, accompanied by a strong anti-foreign capital sentiment and a discourse of workers' rights. By providing detailed cases of workers' strikes in 2004 and 2007, we suggest that the making of a new working class is increasingly conscious of and participating in interest-based or class-oriented labour protests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/6660
ISSN: 0305-7410
EISSN: 1468-2648
DOI: 10.1017/S0305741009000319
Rights: © The China Quarterly, 2009
The article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305741009000319
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