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Conclusion

  • Kaxton SiuEmail author
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Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)

Abstract

In the concluding chapter, I extend my comparison to include the conditions of the working classes in England, Japan, and Russia in the nineteenth century. What has occurred in China since economic reform represents the transformation of modes of domination from using coercion to promoting self-control and non-coercive means in a parallel to what Foucault observed about the nineteenth century. I argue the post-socialist state’s policies inadvertently play a key role in transforming Chinese migrant workers’ lives and in the formation of a new generation of working-class migrants. All these comparisons allow me to re-examine the concepts of power and domination critically, re-theorize Marx’s crucial concept of labor power, and suggest a new power analytic approach to study modes of domination over workers in China.

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  1. 1.Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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