Workers’ Passive Consent

  • Elaine Sio-ieng HuiEmail author
Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)


This chapter focuses on the indifferent, ambivalent and critical workers, investigating in what ways they have conferred passive consent to legal hegemony. Due to labor and social policies in China, the indifferent workers feel detached from the cities and consider their working life there transitory; therefore, they see labor laws and the socio-economic development as irrelevant to them. Although both critical and ambivalent workers criticize the labor law system and do not place full trust in it, it is still able to impose a minimal degree of hegemonic effects on them because their values and actions are still constrained by legal boundaries and capitalist common sense.


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  1. 1.School of Labor and Employment Relations Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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