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July 26, 2009


Chris Williams

Jamie, is anyone else thinking about this in interesting ways and in English? I could really do with listening to a gonzo seminar called 'The (un?)Making of the Chinese Working Class'. And going to the pub afterwards, natch.


Someone who comments here sometimes has plans to get together a book about it (if you're interested I'll ask him if I can pass on his email), and China Labour Bulletin has a lot on specifically labour-related unrest, going back to the nineties: a lot of their stuff is in English (their website's down right now but they're top for the relevant google search). Other than that, I don't know of anybody, though I'd be surprised if nobody in wider Sino-academia was doing it.

I've always thought this would be a useful field of study for historians of 18th century Britian. King mob, enclosures, all the rest of it - all going on in front of your eyes.

Chris Williams

'sright. Let me know the address and I'll get with it. I'm in the book.

Nick L

The evolution of China's property relations seems so similar to Marx's account of the English route to industrial capitalism that I would be surprised if the CCP weren't cribbing from it to a certain extent.

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