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From Iron Rice Bowl to InformalizationMarkets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China$
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Sarosh Kuruvilla, Ching Kwan Lee, and Mary E. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450242

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450242.001.0001

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The Anti-Solidarity Machine?

The Anti-Solidarity Machine?

Labor Nongovernmental Organizations in China

Chapter:
(p.173) Chapter 9 The Anti-Solidarity Machine?
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From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization
Author(s):

Ching Kwan Lee

Yuan Shen

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450242.003.0009

This chapter analyzes the organizational cultures and practices of labor nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in China. Although these organizations all claim to pursue and protect workers' rights, in actual practice many have become focused on developing their roles as government liaisons and on building patronage, on the one hand, and market opportunities, on the other. The chapter attributes these practices to the political and economic circumstances under which these organizations have emerged and survived. It also examines two activities commonly undertaken by Chinese labor NGOs: labor law education and the collection of unpaid wages for workers. It finds that rather than cultivating workers' collective power, many labor NGOs have an anti-solidarity tendency.

Keywords:   labor nongovernmental organizations, China, labor groups, workers' rights, trade unions, labor unions, labor law education, unpaid wages

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