Exploring worker consciousness in China

Elly Leung

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This thesis explores how the lived experiences of everyday Chinese workers influence their struggle to improve their working conditions in China. Drawing on Foucault's genealogical approach, the thesis examines how worker consciousness has been historically shaped by power-knowledge relations. The thesis uses an ethnographic-narrative research method that draws on original interviews with those who have engaged in protest activities (n = 21 ), and those that have not engaged in such actions (n = 53), across different industries and locations to consider the substance of workers? consciousness and identity formation, and their potential to develop themselves into an organised labour movement.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Caspersz, Donella, Supervisor
  • Lambert, Robert, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date30 May 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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