Daniel Y. Zipp and Marc Blecher. Migrants and Mobilization: Sectoral Patterns in China, 2010-2013

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We collected and analyzed every instance of migrant worker’s collective action between 2010 and 2013 in the online databases of the China Labour Bulletin and the China Strikes Crowdmap to show that worker resistance within China still occurs mostly outside institutionalized channels and that this resistance must be studied by sector. In highlighting the major economic sectors and their respectively instances of worker resistance, we show the wide range of tactics, frames, and contagion among worker protest in the apparel, automobile, construction, and electronic sectors.

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