© 1999

Reworking China’s Proletariat

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Part of the Studies on the Chinese Economy book series (STCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Theorising China’s Proletariat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 3-18
    3. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 19-43
    4. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 44-68
  3. Experiences and Understandings of Waged Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 71-102
    3. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 103-123
    4. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 124-148
    5. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 149-182
  4. Labours of Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Sally Sargeson
      Pages 220-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 228-278

About this book


China's workers have been transformed by the transition to capitalism. Sally Sargeson presents a new theoretical analysis of the impact of capitalism and state power on social identities, employment conditions and workplace organization. Her study draws upon an unprecedented level of empirical research from case studies of the labour market and employment conditions in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. The book will interest students of Chinese political economy, socialist transition, working class formation and the representation of collective identity.


China employment labor market labour market organization organizations political economy transition

About the authors

SALLY SARGESON is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She has been studying China's political economy since she first enrolled at Xiamen University as an anthropology student in 1985. Since then, she has completed a PhD at Murdoch University, been a Research Fellow at Zhejiang University, and an Exchange Scholar at Harvard University. She has published in the areas of labour reforms and industrial relations in China, and property rights reforms.

Bibliographic information


'...this is a quality addition to the scholarly literature on workers in contemporary China.' - Harry Williams, Journal of Contemporary Asia