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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

China at Work

A Labour Process Perspective on the Transformation of Work and Employment in China

ISBN 9781137433312
Publication Date March 2016
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment

Bringing together leading authorities and emerging young researchers, this book is aimed at students and scholars interested in the Chinese workplace and the impact that China is having on work internationally. It is the first textbook to use labour process analysis to examine work and employment in China.

Mingwei Liu is Associate Professor of Labour Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labour Relations, Rutgers University, USA.
Chris Smith is Professor of Organisation Studies and Comparative Management, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Preface. Labour in China; Pun Ngai
1. In Search of the Labour Process Perspective in China; Chris Smith and Mingwei Liu
2. Control and Consent in the Process of Employee Participation in a Chinese State-owned Enterprise — the Case of BZ Iron and Steel Company; Mengjie Lu
3. Workers under Disorganized Despotism: A Case from State-Owned Shipbuilding Industry; Lefeng Lin
4. The Making of Dualistic Labour Regime: Changing Labour Process and Power Relations in a Chinese State-Owned-Enterprise under Globalization; Wenjuan Jia
5. Prolonged Selection or Extended Flexibility? A case study of Japanese Subsidiaries in China; Yu Zheng
6. The Self-organization of Women Workers in the Informal Sector of the Garment Industry: a Study of Female-led Cooperative Production Teams in the Yangtze River Delta Region of China; Lulu Fan
7. Contingent Work in the Chinese Call Centre Sector; Xiangmin Liu and Can Ouyang 
8. Power, Space, and Subjectivity in a Transnational Garment Factory in China; Jaesok Kim
9. Employer Responses to Labor Shortage in China: the Case of the Knitwear Industry; Hao Zhang
10. Collective Consultation in China: A Comparative Study of Two Auto Companies; Fuxi Wang and Mingwei Liu
11. Direct Elections of Workplace Trade Unions in China: Implications for the changing labour regime; Chris Chan and Elaine Hui
12. A Pathway to a Vital Labour Movement in China? A Case Study of a Union-Led Protest against Walmart; Chunyun Li and Mingwei Liu
13. Strikes and Workplace Collective Bargaining in the Auto Parts Industry in Guangzhou; Yunxue Deng
14. Foxconn beyond China: Capital-labour Relations as Co-determinants of Internationalization; Rutvica Andrijasevic and Sacchetto Devi
15. The Management of Labour in Chinese MNCs Operating Outside of China: a Critical Review; Chris Smith and Yu Zheng


An emerging generation of Chinese scholars is shedding new light on the turbulent state of labour in China. Their work is of the highest quality and engages closely with the workplace. This well-structured book draws it together to provide an authoritative and original analysis of the dynamics of power in contemporary Chinese employment.' – William Brown, Cambridge University, UK
'China at Work contains more cutting- edge findings on the world's largest factory workforce than any book of recent years. This book is an indispensable contribution to our knowledge about workers, labour conditions, power relations, and management strategies in China's state-owned, private, and foreign-owned companies.' – Anita Chan, Australian National University, Australia
'This is a refreshing collection of case studies of the Chinese workplace, featuring original research by a new generation of labour scholars. Capturing the immense diversity and rapid changes in the Chinese labour scene, this book is a useful reference for students, scholars, trade unionists, activists and policy makers.' – Ching Kwan Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
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