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Worker struggles and factory occupation in China during the current economic crisis
Liu,Shih Diing; Shi,Wei
Source PublicationSocial Movement Studies
ISSN14742829 14742837

As China’s economy continues to slow down after two decades of breakneck growth, strikes and labour protests have erupted across the world’s most populous workers state. In the face of slumping demand, frequent lay-offs, factory relocations and shutdowns have triggered wildcat strikes and disruptive protests over wages, jobs and social protection. These mobilizations are escalated by the failure of local governments to enforce labour laws; however, these disruptions do not attempt to make broad-based demands or attack the ruling Communist Party. During the economic crisis, factory occupation has re-emerged as a protest tactic and created ad hoc spaces of collective discussion, self-management and worker solidarity. Yet since factory occupation is physically bounded and isolated from other struggles, it is more vulnerable to state repression. As the crisis deepens, it remains to be seen if workers’ frustration with state governance can still be limited to purely survival issues, without leading to a new politicization and the formation of a generalized opposition to the state.

KeywordChina Economic Crisis Factory Occupation Protest Strike Workers
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WOS Research AreaGovernment & Law ; Sociology
WOS SubjectPolitical Science ; Sociology
WOS IDWOS:000396839900007
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Corresponding AuthorLiu,Shih Diing
AffiliationDepartment of CommunicationUniversity of Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Liu,Shih Diing,Shi,Wei. Worker struggles and factory occupation in China during the current economic crisis[J]. Social Movement Studies,2017,16(3):355-360.
APA Liu,Shih Diing,&Shi,Wei.(2017).Worker struggles and factory occupation in China during the current economic crisis.Social Movement Studies,16(3),355-360.
MLA Liu,Shih Diing,et al."Worker struggles and factory occupation in China during the current economic crisis".Social Movement Studies 16.3(2017):355-360.
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