Labor and Class Identities in Hong Kong

Class Processes in a Neoliberal Global City

  • Authors
  • Chun Wing Lee

Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Chun Wing Lee
    Pages 1-17
  3. Chun Wing Lee
    Pages 31-53
  4. Chun Wing Lee
    Pages 55-88
  5. Chun Wing Lee
    Pages 89-108
  6. Chun Wing Lee
    Pages 109-121
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 157-202

About this book


Based on numerous qualitative interviews, this cutting edge book investigates how Hong Kong's economic structure and neoliberal policies have contributed to class inequality in China's global city. Inspired by Bourdieu's approach to class, the author examines class stratification in education, works, and political attitudes and argues that the lack of explicit class identifications among the people does not imply irrelevance of class. Relying upon empirical field data to question the applicability of the reflexive modernization theory, the text debates whether individualization makes class a redundant concept in advanced capitalist societies.


Class reflexivity reflexive modernity class identities Hong Kong China global city Asian culture childhood democratization education Integration politics social science sociology

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