Class and Precarity in China: A Contested Relationship

Chris SMITH, Ngai PUN

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


The increasing precariousness of labour forces globally has prompted some to argue that a new ‘precariat’ is emerging to challenge the privileges of the securely employed ‘salariat’. This divergence within the working class has been depicted as more significant than the traditional conflict between labour and capital. This essay examines these discussions in China, where precarity is increasingly being employed as a theoretical tool to explain the fragmentation of labour in the country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalMade in China
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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