"Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China"
In the decades following World War II, factories in many countries not only provided secure employment and a range of economic entitlements, but also recognized workers as legitimate stakeholders, enabling them to claim rights to participate in decision making and hold factory leaders accountable. In recent decades, as employment has become more precarious, these attributes of industrial citizenship have been eroded and workers have increasingly been reduced to hired hands. No country has experienced these changes as dramatically as China. Drawing on a decade of field research, including interviews with both factory workers and managers, Andreas traces the changing political status of workers inside Chinese factories from 1949 to the present, carefully analyzing how much power they have actually had to shape their working conditions.
*Jake Werner will serve as Discussant. Dr. Werner is a Post-Doctoral Global China Research Fellow at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center).
Joel Andreas, Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, studies political contention and social change in China. He is currently investigating changing labor relations and the ongoing transformation of China’s rural society.
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