Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China (PDF) contends that the Chinese economic reform initiated since 1978 has been a top-down passive revolution, in Gramsci’s term, and that after three decades of reform the part of the Chinese state has been changing from directing the passive revolution through coercive tactics to establishing capitalist hegemony. It shows that the labor law system is an important vehicle through which the Chinese party-state seeks to get the working class’s consent to the capitalist class’s ethnopolitical leadership. The labour law system has exercised a double hegemonic effect with concern to the capital-labor relations and state-labor relations through four key mechanisms. Though, these effects have influenced the Chinese migrant workers in an uneven manner. The affirmative workers have given active consent to the ruling class leadership; the ambiguous, indifferent, and critical workers have only rendered passive consent while the radical workers have refused to give any consent at all.
“Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China represents an important contribution to the field of Chinese labor studies. Not only does it persuasively address the fundamental paradox of labor in modern China (i.e., the coexistence of unashamed labor abuses with well-developed labor legislation), it also specifies many promising new avenues for future research. I highly endorse it.” — Ivan Franceschini, The China Journal, Vol. 81, January, 2018
“The very rich details and nuanced and careful analysis produce a multifaceted portrait of the several ways Chinese migrant workers engage/disengage, discuss or challenge the state-constructed legal hegemony. The result is a convincing and nuanced argument that clarifies the wide variety of possibilities and sheds new light … . Hegemonic Transformation makes a significant contribution to the literature and will be a significant reading for anyone who wants to better comprehend Chinese labor politics, the political economy of Chinese market” — Lu Zhang, Global Labour Journal, Vol. 9 (03), September, 2018
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