China's Peasants and Workers: Changing Class Identities

10 October 2012

Edited by CSC Academic Director, Prof David Goodman and CSC Lecturer, Dr Beatriz Carrillo and publish by Edward Elgar, China's Peasants and Workers: Changing Class Identities explores three decades of economic change in China and the consequent transformation of class relations and class-consciousness in villages and in the urban workplace. The book illustrates how the development of the urban economic environment has led to changes in the urban working class, through an exploration of the workplace experiences of rural migrant workers, and of the plight of the old working class in the state owned sector. The expert contributors raise questions on the extent to which migrant workers have become a new working class, are absorbed into the old working class, or simply remain as migrant workers. They also highlight changes in class relations in villages in the urban periphery, where the urbanisation drive and in-migration has lead to a new local politics of class differentiation.

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