What—and how—have Tianjin workers been thinking?

Title:
What—and how—have Tianjin workers been thinking?
Authors:
Blecher, Marc J.
Abstract:
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.
Citation:
Blecher, Marc. J. "What—and How—Have Tianjin Workers Been Thinking?" Journal of Chinese Political Science 13, 3 (October 2008): 249-267.
Publisher:
Springer Verlag
DATE ISSUED:
2008-12
Department:
Politics; East Asian Studies
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1007/s11366-008-9026-6
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309760

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dc.contributor.authorBlecher, Marc J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:17:16Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:17:16Z-
dc.date.issued2008-12en
dc.identifier.citationBlecher, Marc. J. "What—and How—Have Tianjin Workers Been Thinking?" Journal of Chinese Political Science 13, 3 (October 2008): 249-267.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1080-6954en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309760-
dc.description.abstractWhat 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.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11366-008-9026-6-
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.subject.departmentEast Asian Studiesen_US
dc.titleWhat—and how—have Tianjin workers been thinking?en_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Chinese Political Scienceen_US
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