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Letter of concern regarding strike at Citizen’s plant

Internal Audit & CSR Department

Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.

6-1-12 Tanashi-cho


Tokyo 188-8511

Japan Behind the Shiny Screen

Unfinished Proletarianization: Self, Anger, and Class Action among the Second Generation of Peasant-Workers in Present-Day China

As a result of its open-door policies and 30 years of reform, China has become the “world’s factory” and given rise to a new working class of rural migrant workers. This process has underlain a path of (semi-)proletarianization of Chinese peasant-workers: now the second generation is experiencing dagong, working for a boss, in industrialized towns and cities. What is the process of proletarianization of peasant-workers in China today? In what way does the path of proletarianization shape the new Chinese working class? Drawing on workers’ narratives and our ethnographic studies in Shenzhen and Dongguan between 2005 and 2008, this study focuses on the subjective experiences of the second generation of dagongmei/zai, female migrant [...]

A Culture of Violence: The Labor Subcontracting System and Collective Action by Construction Workers in Post-socialist China

This article aims to study the culture of violence embedded in the rapidly changing construction industry and to explore how it induces serious collective action among the construction workers in post-socialist China. The political economy of the construction industry has shaped a specific labor use system – a labor subcontract system. The system is a highly exploitative one which was once forsaken in the socialist period but which has now been reborn in the reform period. As a new product of capital, this labor system illustrates two processes: the rapid commodification of labor through pre-industrial social relations organized by a quasi labor market in the rural villages; and the subsumption of labor in the production process of the construction [...]

Jenny Chan’s speech at UN Expert Multi-Stakeholder Consultation