Working in China
Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation
Edited by Ching Kwan Lee
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Working in China by Ching Kwan Lee
Book DescriptionAfter a quarter of a century of market reform, China has become the workshop of the world and the leading growth engine of the global economy. Its immense labour force accounts for some twenty-nine per cent of the world's total labour pool but all too little is known about Chinese labour beyond the image of workers toiling under appalling sweatshop conditions for extremely low wages. Working in China introduces the lived experiences of labour in a wide range of occupations and work settings. The chapters of this book cover 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. The mosaic of human faces, organizational dynamics and workers' voices presented in the book reflect the complexity of changes and challenges taking place in the Chinese workplace today. Based on extraordinary and thorough field research, this book will have a wide readership at undergraduate level and beyond, appealing to students and scholars from a myriad of disciplines including Chinese studies, labour studies, sociology and political economy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415769990
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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.
Against the Law, Paperback (May 2007)
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 fieldwork and extensive interviews in Chinese textile, apparel, machinery, and household appliance factories, this book finds a rising tide of labor unrest mostly hidden from the world's attention.
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 Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, USA.
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