9781107404625

The Chinese Worker After Socialism

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107404625

  • ISBN10:

    1107404622

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

This book was first published in 2009. While millions in China have been advantaged by three decades of reform, impressive gains have also produced social dislocation. Groups that had been winners under socialism find themselves losers in the new order. Based on field research in nine cities across China, this fascinating study considers the fate of one such group - 35 million workers laid off from the state-owned sector. The book explains why these lay-offs occurred, how workers are coping with unemployment, what actions the state is taking to provide them with livelihoods and re-employment, and what happens when workers mobilize collectively to pursue redress of their substantial grievances. What happens to these people, the remnants of the socialist working class, will be critical in shaping post-socialist politics and society in China and beyond.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Regional political economy and labor reform
The roots of unemployment and the political economy of lay-offs
Remaking China's urban welfare and labor market policies
Pathways to re-employment
Contention, protest, and social order
Conclusion
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