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In the Name of the Working Class: Narratives of Labour Activism in Contemporary China

Franceschini, Ivan; Sorace, Christian

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Since their appearance in the mid-1990s, Chinese labour NGOs have mostly focused on disseminating labour law and guiding labour disputes through official channels. In so doing, they have assisted the Chinese Communist Party in achieving its paramount goal of maintaining social stability. In line with this approach, activists in these organizations have traditionally framed their work in terms of “public interest” or “legality,” both of which resonate with the hegemonic discourses of the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFranceschini, Ivan
dc.contributor.authorSorace, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-22T00:33:46Z
dc.identifier.issn0030-851X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/261302
dc.description.abstractSince their appearance in the mid-1990s, Chinese labour NGOs have mostly focused on disseminating labour law and guiding labour disputes through official channels. In so doing, they have assisted the Chinese Communist Party in achieving its paramount goal of maintaining social stability. In line with this approach, activists in these organizations have traditionally framed their work in terms of “public interest” or “legality,” both of which resonate with the hegemonic discourses of the Party-state. However, earlier this decade a minority of Chinese labour activists began to employ some new counterhegemonic narratives centred on the experience of the labour movement and the practice of collective bargaining that attempted to recode the proletarian experience outside of its official representation. In this paper we analyze this discursive shift through the voices of the activists involved, and argue that the rise of these new counterhegemonic voices was one of the reasons that led to the Party-state cracking down on labour NGOs.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherUBC Press
dc.rights© Pacific Affairs, Vol. 92, Issue 4, 2019
dc.sourcePacific Affairs
dc.subjectChina
dc.subjectlabour NGOs
dc.subjectlabour activism
dc.subjectcivil society
dc.subjectcollective bargaining
dc.titleIn the Name of the Working Class: Narratives of Labour Activism in Contemporary China
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume92
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor180118 - Labour Law
local.identifier.absfor160805 - Social Change
local.identifier.absfor169903 - Studies of Asian Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5786633xPUB1331
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.pacificaffairs.ubc.ca/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFranceschini, Ivan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSorace, Christian, Colorado College
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage643
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage664
local.identifier.doi10.5509/2019924643
local.identifier.absseo940201 - Civics and Citizenship
local.identifier.absseo949999 - Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo940499 - Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-12-13T07:31:48Z
local.identifier.thomsonIDWOS:000499079900001
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