Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
From Iron Rice Bowl to InformalizationMarkets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 23 May 2022

The Anti-Solidarity Machine?

The Anti-Solidarity Machine?

Labor Nongovernmental Organizations in China

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

Ching Kwan Lee

Yuan Shen

Cornell University Press

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

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.