Resistance through Accommodation: A Citizenship Approach to Migrant Worker NGOs in China

Jakimów, Małgorzata. Resistance through accommodation : a citizenship approach to migrant worker NGOs in China. Journal of Contemporary China, p. 1-16. Pré-publié en ligne : 15 juin 2017. DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2017.1337316 (consulté le 15 juin 2017).

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Résumé

Based on ethnographic fieldwork among migrant worker NGOs conducted between 2011 and 2016, this article employs critical theories of citizenship to illustrate how migrant worker NGOs use a strategy of ‘resistance through accommodation’ to re-shape the citizenship regime and discourse in China. The dominant literature on labour activism tends to discount the potential for migrant worker NGOs to undertake resistance, on account of their dependency upon the state and the market. The article contends that while NGOs must engage in relations with the state and the market to ensure their own survival, their activism does not ultimately centre on either resisting or accommodating these actors directly, but rather upon a broader engagement process aimed at the strategic purpose of ‘citizenship transformation’.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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