Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China – eBook PDF

eBook details

  • Author: Elaine Sio-ieng Hui
  • File Size: 3 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 276 Pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077268HG7
  • ISBN-10: 1137504285, 1137504289
  • ISBN-13: 9781349700196, 9781137504296, 9781137504293

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Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China – eBook PDF

Hegemonic Transformation (PDF) contends that the Chinese economic reform initiated since 1978 has been a top-down passive revolution, in Gramsci’s term, and that after three decades of reform the part of the Chinese state has been changing from directing the passive revolution through coercive tactics to establishing capitalist hegemony. It shows that the labor law system is an important vehicle through which the Chinese party-state seeks to get the working class’s consent to the capitalist class’s ethnopolitical leadership. The labor law system has exercised a double hegemonic effect with concern to the capital-labor relations and state-labor relations through four key mechanisms. Though, these effects have influenced the Chinese migrant workers in an uneven manner. The affirmative workers have given active consent to the ruling class leadership; the ambiguous, indifferent, and critical workers have only rendered passive consent while the radical workers have refused to give any consent at all.


Hegemonic Transformation represents an important contribution to the field of Chinese labor studies. Not only does it persuasively address the fundamental paradox of labor in modern China (i.e., the coexistence of unashamed labor abuses with well-developed labor legislation), it also specifies promising new avenues for future research. I highly endorse it.” — Ivan Franceschini, The China Journal, Vol. 81, Jan 2018

“Hui has produced a crucial contribution to the literature on civil society, labor politics, and legal reform in China, and her systematic and deep theoretical engagement brings fresh perspective to these issues. Hui’s work should be required reading for someone interested in the academically and practically key question of why Chinese workers submit to their own manipulation.” — Eli Friedman, The China Quarterly, Vol. 234, June 2018

The rich details and nuanced and careful analysis produce a multifaceted portrait of the several ways Chinese migrant workers engage/disengage, discuss or challenge the state-constructed legal hegemony. The result is a convincing and nuanced argument that clarifies the wide variety of possibilities and sheds new light … . Hegemonic Transformation makes a significant contribution to the literature and will be significant reading for anyone who wants to better comprehend Chinese labour politics, the political economy of Chinese market … .” — Lu Zhang, Global Labour Journal, Vol. 9 (03), September 2018

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