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Labor and Class Identities in Hong Kong: Class Processes in a Neoliberal Global City
  

Labor and Class Identities in Hong Kong: Class Processes in a Neoliberal Global City (Hardback, 1st ed. 2015)

By Lee, C.

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This cutting edge volume investigates how Hong Kong's economic structure and neoliberal policies have contributed to class inequality in China's global city. Specific topics include educational stratification, attitudes towards works, political attitudes, and class identification... read full description below.

ISBN 9781137517555
Barcode 9781137517555
Published 26 February 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan
Format Hardback, 1st ed. 2015
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Series Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies
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ISBN-13 9781137517555
ISBN-10 1137517557
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date 26 February 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, 1st ed. 2015
Edition 1st ed. 2015th
Author(s) By Lee, C.
Series Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies
Category Population & Demography
Immigration & Emigration
Social Classes
Equal Opportunities
Number of Pages 202
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 3,747g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Social classes - China - Hong Kong, Working class - China - Hong Kong, Social mobility - China - Hong Kong, Social stratification - China - Hong Kong
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 305.5095125
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Based on numerous qualitative interviews, this cutting edge volume investigates how Hong Kong's economic structure and neoliberal policies have contributed to class inequality in China's global city. Inspired by Bourdieu's approach to class, the author examines class stratification in education, works, and political attitudes and argues that the lack of explicit class identifications among the people does not imply irrelevance of class. Relying upon empirical field data to question the applicability of the reflexive modernization theory, the text debates whether individualization makes class a redundant concept in advanced capitalist societies.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Lui Tai-lok, Professor of Sociology at Hong Kong University, Hong Kong. I must say that I read this book proposal with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I do like to see another research monograph on social class in East Asia in print form. This is an under-published area and a lot of exciting research questions have been cropping up in the region. On the other, this proposal is still largely an un-revised Ph.D. thesis, with little updates to address new issues and concerns. In order to proceed to the next stage, the author does need to do more rewriting. On the broader context of the case study (i.e., contemporary Hong Kong), the author would need to come up with a stronger defense of the relevance of globalization and neoliberalism. Given Hong Kong's former colonial status, these are not new features. So, the author needs to explain why s/he would like to underline the so-called Hong Kong's globalized neoliberal era. Did it begin in the 1980s? Is s/he suggesting that his/her respondents (given the author's emphasis on the significance of understanding their childhood) grew up in a different socio-economic environment? What are the differences? How do they impact on different social classes? I assume the analyses developed in Chapters 3 and 4 (i.e., on childhood and work) would be further elaborated in Chapter 5. These three chapters are expected to be closely connected with each other and class experiences in the family and work contexts would shape the respondents' political orientation. But what I see in the outline of Chapter 5 is a shift towards a discussion of the respondents' sense of political efficacy. It seems to me that the author has changed his focus of analysis on political efficacy from a class-based approach (as promised by him/her) to that emphasizing effects of the political environment (perception of political reform or absence of expected reform). If this is the case, is this really a class-based analysis of politics? The author would also try to connect class identification with class politics. But then the format of discussion seems to have gone back to the more conventional agenda of the existence of a clearly defined class identity or otherwise. Then, towards to the end of the text, the author suggests that perhaps generational differences and life course are significant factors in shaping class politics in Hong Kong. This is exactly the problem I raised at the beginning of this review report. The author is expected to have moved beyond his/her Ph.D. thesis and have continued to work on his/her analyses. Hong Kong has undergone a lot of changes between 2006-07 (the years of the author's fieldwork) and 2014. Growing regional integration between China and Hong Kong has posed new questions along class cleavages.

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Author's Bio

Chun Wing Lee is Lecturer at Hong Kong Community College, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include class analysis, social movement, and the political/sociological aspects of sports.

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