Over the past seven decades—since the 1949 Revolution—every aspect of Chinese society has been profoundly transformed multiple times. No sector has experienced more tumultuous twists and turns than industry. The eight articles contained in this volume examine these twists and turns, focusing on those aspects of industrial relations that involve contention and power, that is, factory politics. They were selected among articles that have appeared in the Chinese journal
Open Times (开放时代) over the past decade. Because
Open Times has a well-earned reputation for publishing diverse viewpoints, it has been able to attract some of the very best scholarship in China.
Joel Andreas, Ph.D. (2003), University of California, Los Angeles, teaches sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His first book,
Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class (Stanford University Press, 2009), analyzes the contentious merger of old and new elites after 1949. His second book,
Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China (Oxford University Press, 2019), traces radical changes in industrial relations over the past seven decades.
List of Contributors Introduction
From Passion to Deception – Daily Life at the Grassroots under State Control of Production before and after the Great Leap Forward: an Investigation of TY Factory in Guangzhou (1956–1965) Jia Wenjuan (贾文娟) Translated by Shayan Momin
Research into the Implementation of the Staff and Workers Congress System in State-Owned Enterprises: a 60-Year Case Study of One Factory Cai He (蔡禾) and Li Wanlian (李晚莲) Translated by Roderick Graham Flagg
A Simple Control Model Analysis of Labor Relations in Industrial SOEs Tong Xin (佟新) Translated by Roderick Graham Flagg
Changes in Production Models within State-Owned Enterprises under the “Double Transformations:” the Rise of Internal Labor Subcontracting in City A’s Nanchang Factory (2001–2013) Jia Wenjuan (贾文娟) Translated by Shayan Momin
Sustaining Production: Spatial Interactions between Han and Uyghur Workers at the Kashgar Cotton Mill Liu Ming (刘明) Translated by Heather Mowbray
Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Toy Industry’s Supply Chain: an Empirical Study of Walmart Supplier Factories in China Yu Xiaomin (余晓敏) Translated by Shayan Momin
Direct Labor Union Elections: Lessons from Guangdong Wen Xiaoyi (闻效仪) Translated by Matthew A. Hale
Patterns of Collective Resistance among the New Generation of Chinese Migrant Workers: from the Politics of Production to the Politics of Life Wang Jianhua (汪建华) and Meng Quan (孟泉) Translated by Matthew A. Hale
Scholars and members of the lay educated public who are interested in labor and/or in China.