Anybody Out There?

Anybody Out There? : The Chinese Labour Movement under Xi. Made in China, vol. 3, n° 2, April-July 2018. [En ligne] URL : PDF : (consulté le 21 août 2018)


Labour activism has undergone significant transformation in China over the last decade. Between the mid-2000s and mid-2010s, an increase in labour protests seemed to herald a growing and more self-confident labour movement. A series of high-profile collective actions that took place in 2010—in particular a strike at a Honda auto parts factory in Foshan in 2010—brought forward a time of renewed optimism, during which the public debate on Chinese labour came to be dominated by the idea of China’s workers ‘awakening’ and taking their fate into their own hands.

This new narrative was largely focussed on the so-called ‘new generation of migrant workers’, presented in much of the academic literature and public debate as the engine of the new wave of worker struggle. Far from the optimism of those years, today the effects of economic slowdown and the tightening of civil society have thrown China’s workers into a state of uncertainty and disorientation, and the Chinese labour movement has once again found itself at an impasse.

In this new issue of Made in China, we offer a series of essays that aim at assessing and understanding the current conjuncture.

Numéro intégralement en libre accès.

Monique Abud

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

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