Social Ties, Resources, and Migrant Labor Contention in by Jeffrey Becker

By Jeffrey Becker

The progress of China’s inner migrant exertions inhabitants is among the most crucial matters rising from the Hu Jintao regime. As China keeps to suffer an urbanization technique as profound as any in sleek heritage, there's no doubt migrant staff are affecting financial and political choice making on the primary and native degrees. counting on interviews with over 250 chinese language migrant workers—peasant farmers who've moved to the towns looking for work—as good as interviews with chinese language exertions activists, this ebook explores the evolution of migrant exertions protest in China over the last 3 a long time. It examines how migrant staff have interaction in protest at the present time, and the way they make a choice from on hand protest strategies.

While previous stories of chinese language rural to city migration have lengthy stated the significance of conventional rural ties among relations, this booklet demonstrates how new city ties:

  • help migrant employees research of recent protest innovations,
  • navigate the criminal approach,
  • connect with others sharing related disputes,
  • and establish extra assets.


The publication additionally examines the expansion and significance of chinese language migrant exertions rights companies and the function of data verbal exchange expertise in migrant exertions protest activity.

The findings provided the following shed new mild on chinese language state-society family members and financial improvement. in addition, the findings from this ebook, which exhibit how financial reforms create possibilities for protest, and the way migrant employees take merits of those possibilities, have implications for our knowing of contentious politics in different authoritarian states present process related monetary and demographic transition.


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Strikes then spread to suppliers for other car manufacturers, including Ford, Nissan, and Toyota. In the three months between May and July, the Hong Kong Liaison Office of the International Trade Union Federation estimates that at least 13 separate strikes took place in different auto parts manufacturers across the country (“Implications of the Strike in Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Co Ltd (CHAM)” 2010). Within the Pearl River Delta, strikes among China’s manufacturing workers appear to be an almost daily occurrence, and many of the workers interviewed during the course of this research admitted to participating in strike activities.

Unlike many, she had physical documentation of her dispute. She was also a young woman who spoke Cantonese, and was from Guangdong Province, and so while not a local (bendiren) from Baoan, she may have evoked sympathy from the local labor bureau. However, even when such informal mediation efforts are successful, such extralegal administrative appeals circumvent normal legal procedures, eroding the legal system which the PRC has worked so hard to create. More common are examples of migrant workers who experience government intervention as a perfunctory process, with police or labor bureau officials arriving on the worksite after receiving numerous complaints, only to leave without resolving the problem.

Some lost the ability to work altogether, and had become completely reliant upon friends and family members. While dangerous, the higher wages earned in high risk industries can be very attractive to uneducated, unskilled migrants. One worker lamented leaving his mining town in Guizhou to come to Dongguan, laboring twelve hours a day, seven days a week for less than 1,000 RMB a month in a leather goods factory. When I commented that his current work was safer, he laughed and said that as a miner he could earn twice his current salary, helping him pay for his son and daughter’s schooling (“Interview Guangzhou 0502” 2008).

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