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Politics and Development of Contemporary China

Chinese Politics and Labor Movements

Authors: Lin, Jake

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  • Investigates why contemporary Chinese labor activism has failed to create transformative social and political change
  • Shows how workers can become a part of the apparatus of state repression
  • Brings insight into the nature and future of the labor movement in China
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This book brings a radically new voice to the debate in the field of Chinese politics and labor movement. Using a psychological and cognitive approach, the author examines workers and activists’ everyday interpretation of the source of their problems, their prospect of labor movements, and their sense of solidarity. The project shows how workers themselves have become a part of the apparatus of state repression and argues that Chinese workers have not acquired sufficient cognitive strength to become the much hoped-for agent for political change, which hinders labor activism from developing into a sustainable social movement. Multidisciplinary in its approach, the monograph provides analysis of Chinese politics, labor studies, international political economy, social movements, and contentious politics.

About the authors

Jake Lin is JSPS Fellow at the Institute of Global Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.

Reviews

“Jake Lin has written a well-researched and interesting book that promises to become a controversial must-read for all those interested in China’s contemporary laboring classes. In addition to lamenting the anti-labor and anti-union repressive political regime that frames the field’s theoretical framework, Lin also apportions responsibility to the working class—its inability to surmount the cognitive trap that prevents it from consolidating a collective consciousness of resistance.” (Anita Chan, Editor, The China Journal)

“…a truly innovative study of Chinese workers and the ‘psychic trap’ they are in. Worker’s resistance can sometimes take conservative forms with resistance becoming part of the state development process. Too often we assume oppression and exploitation leads to organizing and counter-hegemony and do not ask: why do workers not rebel? Jake Lin has produced a magnificent study based on extensive fieldwork. A must-read for China and labor studies scholars everywhere.” (Ronaldo Munck, Head of Civic Engagement, Dublin City University, Ireland)

“Lin’s book of signal importance is its grounding in international relations and political economy, a focus on collective agency, and its potential contribution to social change through the use of an innovative form of ‘cognitive research.’  This book is a crucial contribution to the emerging literature on the nature of class in China in the twenty-first century and essential reading for students of the comparative political economy of China and East Asia.” (Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science, City University of New York, USA)

“Jake Lin’s Chinese Politics and Labor Movements demands that we think again about China, about where the country has come from, where it is going, and with what consequences for labor. Ambiguity informs the engagement of labor and the state: confrontational and conforming at the same time. Through his argument that the Chinese working class has fallen into a ‘psychic trap’, Lin sheds explanatory light on the paradox of resistance in a one party state, and the puzzle of why labor activism has failed to engender transformative change. These issues are a matter of supreme importance for China, and no little significance for the world.” (Jonathan Rigg, Chair in Human Geography, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23902-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23901-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese Politics and Labor Movements
Authors
Series Title
Politics and Development of Contemporary China
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23902-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23902-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23901-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 208
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