China's citizenship challenge

China's citizenship challenge

Labour NGOs and the struggle for migrant workers' rights

Malgorzata Jakimów


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China's citizenship challenge tells a story of how labour NGOs contest migrant workers' citizenship marginalisation in China. The book argues that in order to effectively address problems faced by migrant workers, these NGOs must undertake 'citizenship challenge': the transformation of migrant workers' social and political participation in public life, the broadening of their access to labour and other rights, and the reinvention of their relationship to the city. By framing the NGOs' activism in terms of citizenship rather than class struggle, this book offers a valuable contribution to the field of labour movement studies in China. The monograph also proves exceptionally timely in the context of the state's repression of these organisations in recent years, which, as the book explores, were largely driven by their citizenship-altering activism.


Malgorzata Jakimów:
Malgorzata Jakimów is Assistant Professor of East Asian Politics at the University of Durham