Against the Law by Ching Kwan Lee
Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt

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This study opens a critical perspective on the slow death of socialism and the rebirth of capitalism in the world's most dynamic and populous country. Based on remarkable fieldwork and extensive interviews in Chinese textile, apparel, machinery, and household appliance factories, Against the Law finds a rising tide of labor unrest mostly hidden from the world's attention. Providing a broad political and economic analysis of this labor struggle together with fine-grained ethnographic detail, the book portrays the Chinese working class as workers' stories unfold in bankrupt state factories and global sweatshops, in crowded dormitories and remote villages, at street protests as well as in quiet disenchantment with the corrupt officialdom and the fledgling legal system.

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Ching Kwan Lee is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of "Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women "(UC Press) and editor of "Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation "and "Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Contemporary China "(with Guobin Yang).
Published June 7, 2007 by University of California Press. 340 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy.

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Dan to his marrow lived the justice principle of Martin Luther King Jr., believing that war and poverty are rooted in racism, extreme materialism and militarism.

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The radical unions were ousted with McCarthyism (a thoroughly successful anti-union effort, as members of the CPUSA were very involved in organizing unions), and the unions and the American public began to identify with corporate capitalism.

Sep 05 2010 | Read Full Review of Against the Law: Labor Protes...

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