Against the Law
Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt
By (author) Ching Kwan Lee
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Against the Law by Ching Kwan Lee
Book DescriptionThis study opens a critical perspective on the slow death of socialism and the rebirth of capitalism in the world's most dynamic and populous country. Based on remarkable fieldwork and extensive interviews in Chinese textile, apparel, machinery, and household appliance factories, "Against the Law" finds a rising tide of labor unrest mostly hidden from the world's attention. Providing a broad political and economic analysis of this labor struggle together with fine-grained ethnographic detail, the book portrays the Chinese working class as workers' stories unfold in bankrupt state factories and global sweatshops, in crowded dormitories and remote villages, at street protests as well as in quiet disenchantment with the corrupt officialdom and the fledgling legal system.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520250970
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ching Kwan Lee
From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization, Hardback (July 2011)
In From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization, an interdisciplinary group of authors examines the nature, causes, and consequences of informal employment in China at a time of major changes in Chinese society.
Reclaiming Chinese Society, Paperback (September 2009)
Analyzes the mechanisms, processes and actors producing various social and cultural changes in reform China. This title argues for the centrality of the social in understanding Chinese development. It addresses grassroots activism, covering feminist activism, civic environmentalism, religious revival, violence, film, media, and intellectuals.
Working in China, Hardback (September 2006)
Introduces the lived experiences of labour in a range of occupations and work settings. This book covers professional employees such as engineers and lawyers, service workers such as bar hostesses, domestic maids and hotel workers, and industrial workers in a variety of factories.
Gender and the South China Miracle, Paperback (August 1998)» View all books by Ching Kwan Lee
Both Yuk-ling, a busy Hong Kong mother, and Chi-ying, a young single woman from a remote village in northern China, work in electronics factories owned by the same foreign corporation. This comparative ethnography describes how two radically different factory cultures have emerged from a period of profound economic change.
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Author Biography - Ching Kwan Lee
Ching Kwan Lee is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (UC Press) and editor of Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation and Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Contemporary China (with Guobin Yang).
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