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Special Frature: The Changing World of Chinese Labour

The New Working Class Renews the Repertoire of Social Conflict

Jean-Philippe Béja
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The strikes that shook the factories of the Pearl River Delta in 2010 revealed the emergence of a new generation of workers of peasant origin. Better educated and more demanding than their parents, they used new communication techniques to launch a movement that borrowed from the protest repertoire developed over the last decade. Despite this, it cannot really be said that a social movement has emerged.

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Electronic reference

Jean-Philippe Béja, « The New Working Class Renews the Repertoire of Social Conflict », China Perspectives [Online], 2011/2 | 2011, Online since 30 June 2011, connection on 29 May 2017. URL :

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Jean-Philippe Béja

Senior Researcher at the CNRS, Sciences-Po, Paris.

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