Hegemony and workers' politics in China
Workers' protests in the 1980s and 1990s, numerous and widely distributed though they may be, remain spasmodic, spontaneous and unco-ordinated. While the reasons are numerous, this article focuses on the role of workers' hegemonic acceptance of the core values of the market and the state. Data from interviews in Tianjin from 1995 to 1999 are used to explicate the existence of this hegemony. Several of its sources, some general, some specific to China, are then discussed. The findings are situated within recent scholarship on labour politics in China, and the prospects are discussed.
Blecher, Marc. J. "Hegemony and Workers' Politics in China." China Quarterly 170 (June 2002): 283-303.
Cambridge University Press
East Asian Studies