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Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Joel Andreas


Disenfranchised recounts the tumultuous events that have shaped and reshaped factory politics in China since the 1949 Revolution. The book develops a theoretical framework consisting of two dimensions—industrial citizenship and autonomy—to explain changing authority relations in workplaces and uses interviews with workers and managers to provide a shop-floor perspective. Under the work unit system, in place from the 1950s to the 1980s, lifetime job tenure and participatory institutions gave workers a strong form of industrial citizenship, but constraints on autonomous collective action made th ... More

Keywords: citizenship, industrial democracy, worker participation, work unit, SWC, Cultural Revolution, industrial restructuring, Chinese Communist Party, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190052607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190052607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Andreas, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University