What—and how—have Tianjin workers been thinking?
What are Chinese workers thinking? Few questions have been more freighted with tense significance for the Chinese state in recent years. Survey data analyzed using Q-methodology suggest that at the crucial moment when the Chinese labor market was being radically restructured, workers in Tianjin were thinking in several distinct and coherent ways about the changes they were experiencing. Each of these outlooks involved a complex and textured admixture of positive and negative postures toward various aspects of the structural reforms, but none provided fertile ground for radical disaffection or protest. This finding challenges or at least supplements explanations for the working class’s quiescence and defeat that emphasize political repression and disorganization.
Blecher, Marc. J. "What—and How—Have Tianjin Workers Been Thinking?" Journal of Chinese Political Science 13, 3 (October 2008): 249-267.
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